I have been doing a web search for my endless obsession with Henry Bridges and his Microcosm, the giant musical clock which I believe to have been instrumental in creating the Industrial Revolution and much more.
Well, are you sitting comfortably? Then try to get your summer addled brains around the following coincidence.
I have found a book called ‘the Cultural Front: Labor and the American Culture in the 20th Century by Michael Dening, in which there is mention of a Harry Bridges, who was an immensely important person in the Longshoreman’s Union in California, and was instrumental in its ‘march inland’ which drew in worlders in packing sheds, food processing, agricultural workers and various others.
“Bridges’ West Coast CIO became the heart of the California Popular Front; indeed, as the US government embarked on a long attempt to deport Bridges, an Australian, he became a folk hero, an emblem of the militant and incorruptible labour leader. Woody Guthrie wrote two ballads of Harry Bridges, and the leaders of the citizens committee for Harry Bridges are a microcosm of the cultural front: the Harvard literary critic F. O. Mathiesen, the jazz critic and producer John Hammond, and the theater and film director Orson Welles”
This is ridiculous, but brilliant coincidence. It draws together so may topics that I am passionate about, as well as having characters such as John Steinbeck and Upton Sincllair working on the edges. There is now an organisation which claims such souls as Pete Seeger, who are part of the Harry Bridges project.
this is Pete Seeger on Harry Bridges
This is Sarah Lee Guthrie – the Ballad of Harry Bridges by Woody Guthrie
And this is a trailer for the film From wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks by the Harry Bridges Project. I am astounded that I have never heard of this man and also at how modern this is.