Utah Phillips

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: folk political singer-songwriter anarchist Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bruce Phillips, 1935, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The roots of Bruce ‘U. Utah’ Phillips’ political beliefs can be traced back to his parents, who during the 1930s worked as labour organizers. In 1947 his mother and stepfather moved to Utah, but Bruce subsequently left home to go and work at the Yellowstone National Park. It was here that Phillips picked up his ‘Utah’ nickname and learnt to play the guitar. His political awareness was further shaped during national service in Korea, and on his return he became politically active, campaigning for a number of causes committed to peace. He ran for the Senate in 1968 as a member of the Peace And Freedom Party, winning 6000 votes, but did not pursue a political career. He first recorded at the start of the 60s for Prestige Records, but he did not begin performing in earnest until the late 60s after moving to Sarasota Springs, New York, where he performed a regular slot at the Café Lena. Phillips...

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