Eric Bentley: Bentley on Biermann: Songs and Poems

Eric Bentley: Bentley on Biermann: Songs and Poems
Title: Bentley on Biermann: Songs and Poems
Label: Folkways Records

Poems by 20th-century German poet Wolf Biermann are preformed in English by the British-born American singer and playwright Eric Bentley. Biermann, born in Hamburg and a member of the Communist party, sympathized with East Germany, and moved there in 1953. Outspoken and occasionally critical of the Communist government, Biermann was in turn heavily criticized in the official Communist newspaper Neues Deutschland, which described his poetry as "anarchistic" and "politically perverse," despite Biermann considering himself a "good" Communist being ruled by "bad Communists." the liner notes of this 1968 album include a description of Biermann's life, selected English texts, original German song and poem text, and news clippings.

1.1 The Song of the Worst Thing
1.2 Ballad of the Poet Fran?Ois Villon
1.3 Ballad of the Letter Carrier William L. Moore
1.4 The Barlach Song
1.5 Nothing to It
1.6 Comrade Juli?N Grimau
1.7 Ballad of the Man
1.8 Legend of the Soldier in World War III
1.9 Ballad of Fredi Rohsmeisel
1.10 Do Not Wait for Better Times
1.11 Early Morning
1.12 The Singers Inagural Address
1.13 Toys
1.14 To the Old Comrade
1.15 Reckless Abuse
1.16 Germany: A Winter's Tale
1.17 December 1965, Question ; Answer
1.18 Soldatenmelodie

Eric Bentley: Bentley on Biermann: Songs and Poems

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