Talkin’ Annie Warbucks / Pete Seeger Blues, by Mike Gold

Mike Gold

ComicMix's award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, and on iNetRadio, (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check above for times and on-demand streaming information.

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6 Responses

  1. Michael H. Price says:

    Crazy about "Little Orphan Annie" since childhood. Crazy about Pete Seeger for just about as long. Seeger's recordings with The Weavers were among my Dad's favorites, cornerstones of a record collection that I've kept intact. Both the right-of-center comic strip and the leftward singer relate tales of challenge and compassion. Yes, and "Wasn't That a Time!"Larry Springer and Ben Sargent and I spent a memorable weekend with Seeger in 1984 at Austin, Texas. Attended a concert, with a newspaper interview the following day. Friendliest guy one could hope to meet, and as informed and articulate as an old-school journalist. Yes, well, and his music IS a form of journalism.Likewise cartooning. If it takes pains to reflect and remark upon its times, anyhow. Like Harold Gray and "Little Orphan Annie."

  2. Russ Rogers says:

    I saw Pete Seeger in concert with Arlo Guthrie, about twenty-five years ago. It was a good show. "Awhimaway" and "Alice's Restaurant." The audience sang along. I didn't find that strange during, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," but when a large percentage of the audience quoted an eighteen minute, spoken word song verbatim, that was weird … and annoying.If Pete's ninety now, he would have been only 65 then. I remember thinking of him as "old" then. But I was about 20. Everybody was old then. Arlo is 60 now. That's not old , is it?

  3. Elayne Riggs says:

    Oh, I could stand to read at least five more columns about Pete Seeger if you're ever inclined, Mike. He's one of my personal heroes.

  4. Dean Mullaney says:

    I dreamed I saw Phil Ochs last night, if I may quote Billy Bragg via Joe Hill. Or, rather, did I actually just read a Mike Gold diatribe with a Woody Guthrie-esque title that conflates Harold Gray's LOA and Pete Seeger? Ho ho ho, Mike for this fascinating analysis! One minor quibble, though: in the early years of LOA, Gray had yet to become the hardfast right-winger he emerged as in the 1930s. Like Westbrook Pegler and many others, during the '20s he was still in his mildly Populist phase, which is reflected in the strip.

    • Mike Gold says:

      That's very true — before the FDR administration, Gray's politics were less well-defined, and he did support some causes that, today, might be considered somewhat left-wing. President Roosevelt brought our Gray's right-stuff.By the way, Dean's the editor of the aforementioned Little Orphan Annie series. That first volume is a real work of art — great analysis, terrific production, and many of those historic early strips haven't been reprinted (at least, not in a findable manner) for 80 years. GREAT work, old friend.