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[Past Event[ Secrets Buried in FBI Files: Targeting Famous Folk Singers

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Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston and Dave Van Ronk were among the most influential folk singers of the 20th century. Guthrie's canon continues to shape music, his longtime-confederate Houston was a successful singer in his own right, and Van Ronk was an early mento of Bob Dylan and others of the folk upsurge of the early Sixties. All of them were also political partisans, leading the FBI to keep extensive files. Using abundant music, uniquely obtained FBI files, and video footage, the course will bring to life the links and intrigue between the Second Red Scare and the Great Folk Scare of the Sixties.


Tuition: $25.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesday/Wednesday, Sept. 24, 25
*3:30 - 5:30pm* (2 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Aaron Leonard is the author of "A Threat of the First Magnitude: FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration: From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union." He is a regular contributor to the History News Network and is currently completing a book on the FBI and folk singers, to be published in 2020.