James Henry Miller, 25 January 1915, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, England, d. 22 October 1989, England. The singing talents of his Scottish parents enabled MacColl to learn many of their songs while he was still young. He subsequently wrote many classic and regularly covered songs of his own, including Dirty Old Town, which was inspired by his home town of Salford. The song was later made popular by the Pogues and the Dubliners, among others.
Having left school at the age of 14, MacColl joined the Salford Clarion Players, and by the age of 16 he was already actively involved in street theatre. His lifelong allegiance to the Communist Party was influenced by his first-hand experiences during the Depression years, and by seeing the effects of the era on his own father and others around him. As a result of his early involvement in political theatre, MacColl, as playwright, actor, director and singer, co-founded the Theatre...
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