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Singer-Songwriter Bucky Halker Comes to WIU History Department

Sep 2, 2009

Bucky Halker, a Chicago-based singer-songwriter, performer, and historian, gave a presentation that included songs about labor history in Illinois and the United States as well as background information on the historical context of those songs on Thursday, September 10 at WIU, according to Dr. Peter Cole, Associate Professor of History.

Halker has more than a dozen recordings to his credit, including the recent Wisconsin 2-13-63, volumes 1 & 2 (2006/2008), collections of original songs, and Welcome to Labor Land (2003), a collection of his renderings of Illinois labor songs commissioned by the Illinois AFL-CIO. Bucky Halker is also the author of For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-1895 (University of Illinois, 1991) and "Laboring Men Unite: Chicago Songs, Poetry, and Protest, 1865-1900" (Chicago History, 2008). He tours extensively in the USA and Europe and is a member of the board of directors of the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives in New York City. Halker produced the three-CD set, Folksongs of Illinois (University of Illinois, 2007). He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota in 1984.

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