Hi I noticed in some of the earlier Dead songs that there is what seems to me an anti-union bias. There is in "Alligator" the line "contact (contract?) the union put the beggars to rout" and in Cumberland Blues there is "sometimes the poor man got to walk the line just to pay his union dues"
The Dead are heavily influenced by Ken Kesey, whose second novel Sometimes A Great Notion is basically how a heroic logger refuses to join the "evil" union. I wonder if the young Dead chafed at having to get union cards.. I wonder if now that they are successful musicians they don't appreciate the benefits for themselves and their crew members, of being union members. As far as I know the JA family hasn't addressed this, but Hunter is sort of connected as he worked with Freiberg.. anyway Kantner has always been a big endorser of the Weavers, and one can easily guess what they would have thought of the anti-union onslought in the media and in state legislatures etc, and from young lyricists
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