Utah Phillips

A Quote by Utah Phillips

The earth is not dying, she is being murdered. And we know who is killing her and we have their names and addresses.

Utah Phillips

Contributed by: Lost

A Quote by Utah Phillips

I have a good friend in the East, who comes to my shows and says, you sing a lot about the past, you can't live in the past, you know. I say to him, I can go outside and pick up a rock that's older than the oldest song you know,
and bring it back in here and drop it on your foot. Now the past didn't go anywhere, did it? It's right here, right now.
I always thought that anybody who told me I couldn't live in the past was trying to get me to forget something that if I remembered it it would get them serious trouble. No, that 50s, 60s, 70s, 90s stuff, that whole idea of decade packaging, things don't happen that way. The Vietnam War heated up in 1965 and ended in 1975-- what's that got to do with decades? No, that packaging of time is a journalist convenience that they use to trivialize and to dismiss important events and important ideas. I defy that.

Utah Phillips

Source: Utah Phillips, "Bridges", on Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips, "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere"

Contributed by: aarons

A Quote by Utah Phillips on labor, anarchism, and mutual aid

"Frying-Pan Jack and I were in that camp, that's where he said to me, he'd been tramping since 1927, 'I told myself in '27,  if I cannot dictate the conditions of my labor, I will henceforth cease to work.' You don't have to go to college to figure these things out, no sir. He said, 'I learned when I was young that the only true life I had was the life of my brain. But if it's true that the only real life I had was the life of my  brain, what sense does it make to hand that brain to someone for eight hours a day,  for their particular use, on the presumption that at the end of the day they will give it back in an unmutilated condition? Fat chance!'"

Utah Phillips

Source: Utah Phillips, "Bum on theRod", on Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips, "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere"

Contributed by: aarons

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