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U Utah Phillips 1935-2008 - nhpeacenik
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U Utah Phillips 1935-2008

I just got this email from Chris Chandler:

Bruce U. Utah Phillips

newsletter imageIn a matter of a few minutes Anne Feeney phoned me from an airport in Houston. Al Grierson's "Lonely Deadhead Box-Car" was playing on Random on my iPod. After our conversation, I went to check my email. Jim Page was singing "Anna Mae." I had an email from Jim. I have pasted it below. As I read it Utah sang "All Used Up." As I responded to Jim's Email Arlo Guthrie sang "Hobo's Lullaby."

In the night of May 23, 2008, Bruce Duncan Phillips died in great peace,
  asleep in his bed in Nevada City, California, with his wife Joanna by
  his side.
 
  Amazingly, at the very same instant that the scholar Bruce Phillips
  finally discovered his angle of repose, U. Utah Phillips flagged a
  westbound freight train. Yes, a mighty fast rattler, on a long
  west-bound track. He needed no ticket, he was welcomed on board.
 
  The immediate family and neighbors of Bruce Phillips, along with any
  Wobblies who happen to be passing through, are gathering in Nevada City
  to do all the things that must be done. Please give them the quiet
  respect they so need right now.
 
  But you can wave "So Long!" to Utah when that train moves west. Hey,
  hear the whistle? He's passing by right now!

Utah Phillips has been a great inspiration to me, an I know he will continue to be a great inspiration from wherever he'll be singing and organizing next.

More information, including the text of one of Utah's last letters to Nevada City community radio staion KVMR, can be found at his website http://www.utahphillips.org/ .

You can also find out more by going to his Wikipedia page  . If you haven't heard his music and ramblings yet, now would be a good time to seek them out.

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