Looking for Freedom: A Celebration of the Music of Jon Fromer
Artists: Jon Fromer and Reed Fromer
Publisher: PM Press
Format: Audio CD
Length: 63 minutes
Looking for Freedom: A Celebration of the Music of Jon Fromer is a tribute to the San Francisco folk/blues artist whose soulful singing style and original songs about work, love, struggle, and triumph helped fuel movements for peace, human rights, and social justice for nearly fifty years.
From marching in Selma in 1965 to his final journey to the School of the Americas Watch protest in late 2012, Jon Fromer (1946–2013) lent constant musical support to people’s efforts to build more free, just, and peaceful societies. He performed to devoted fans in packed concert halls across the U.S. and in Europe—but was always most at home leading the singing contingent of a rally, a march, or a picket line.
Looking for Freedom showcases thirteen of Jon Fromer’s songs—a combination of his most beloved signature pieces and some previously unrecorded material—performed and produced by his nephew and longtime accompanist Reed Fromer.
Fan favorites include “My Feet Are Tired,” a rousing tribute to Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, “Bessie,” a recounting of the tragic fate of blues legend Bessie Smith, and “Harvest of My Soul,” Jon’s last completed song, which invokes one’s magnified appreciation of the joys of life when time becomes a more precious commodity.
Also included are four archival recordings of Jon himself, including two selections from his live concert CD, We Do the Work. The final song is Jon’s own rendition of “Harvest of My Soul,” recorded just five days before he died.
“I hope many people start singing Jon’s songs.”
“When Jon played at our rallies, events and picket lines his music would grab us by the collar and lift us up with him. With each time it seemed his energy, his power and the beauty of his song would lift the entire Movement with the spirit to carry on!”
—Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer, California Labor Federation
“Jon Fromer is truly a gifted musician with a strong, tough baritone voice, a powerful, rhythmic guitar style and a talent for composing engaging melodies.”
—Paul Liberatore, HERE
“When Jon Fromer took the microphone the whole scene was transformed. His gift is to bring ordinary people together and make them move. It starts with his right hand, which hammers the guitar strings with ferocious commitment and reverberates down to his feet, which tramp in place like an army of one—justice bound.”Buy the CD
—Eric Wolfe, The Reporter (IBEW local 1245, AFL-CIO)
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