Mat Callahan





Mat Callahan is a musician and author originally from San Francisco, where he founded Komotion International. He is the author of Sex, Death & the Angry Young Man;Testimony; and The Trouble with Music as well as the editor of Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook. He currently resides in Bern, Switzerland.











Listen to Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore at the Marxist School of Sacramento on January 16th, 2014 HERE

Check out this great Interview with Mat Callahan May 2017

Check out Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore singing the songs of James Connolly at the Starry Plough in Berkeley, California January 26th, 2014.


Working Class-Heroes CD

Working-Class Heroes (CD)

Author: Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore
Publisher: PM Press/ Free Dirt
ISBN: 9781629637624
Published: 4/2019
Format: CD
Size: 5.5×5.5
Length: 58 minutes
Subjects: Music/Folk & Traditional / Labor & Industrial Relations

Praise

“The world needs more thinkers like Mat Callahan.”
—Jared Soper, SLUG magazine



Working-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in Song: A Songbook

Working-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in Song: A Songbook

Editors: Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629637020
Published: 9/2019
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 8.5×11
Page count: 96
Subjects: Music/Folk & Traditional / Labor & Industrial Relations

Praise

“This is one of the most captivating, intimate, no-holds-barred books of working-class history I have ever read. And it’s a songbook, too!”
—David Rovics

“The world needs more thinkers like Mat Callahan.”
—Jared Soper, SLUG magazine



The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965–1975

The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco,

SKU: 9781629632315
Author: Mat Callahan
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781629632315
Published: 1/2017
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 352
Subjects: History-San Francisco/Music-1960s/Cultural Studies

Praise

“Mat Callahan was a red diaper baby lucky to be attending a San Francisco high school during the ‘Summer of Love.’ He takes a studied approach, but with the eye of a revolutionary, describing the sociopolitical landscape that led to the explosion of popular music (rock, jazz, folk, R&B) coupled with the birth of several diverse radical movements during the golden 1965–1975 age of the Bay Area. Callahan comes at it from every angle imaginable (black power, anti–Vietnam War, the media, the New Left, feminism, sexual revolution—with the voice of authority backed up by interviews with those who lived it.” —Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965–1975

“All too often, people talk about the ’60s without mentioning our music and the fun we had trying to smash the state and create a culture based upon love. Mat Callahan’s book is a necessary corrective.” —George Katsiaficas, author of The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968

“Something very special took place in San Francisco in the Sixties, generating waves of social and aesthetic motion that still ricochet around this planet. The Explosion of Deferred Dreams takes a clear-eyed, politically engaged view that separates truth from propaganda. Grasping why the time became legendary and how society dealt with the challenges it created is what Explosion is about—and it accomplishes this critical task with intelligence and clarity.” —Dennis McNally, author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead

“In this landmark work, Mat Callahan painstakingly braids disparate threads of the rich tapestry of San Francisco—music, politics, race, culture. In this vast, panoramic portrait, Callahan digs out social/political undercurrents that have never been more thoroughly explored.” —Joel Selvin, Summer of Love: The Inside Story of LSD, Rock & Roll, Free Love and High Times in the Wild West



Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook

Songs of Freedom: The James Connolly Songbook

SKU: 9781604868265
Author: James Connolly • Edited by Mat Callahan • Preface by Theo Dorgan • Foreword by James Connolly Heron
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604868265
Published: 9/2013
Format: Paperback, mobi, ePub, PDF
Size: 6 x 9
Page count: 96
Subjects: Music-Lyrics/History-Ireland

Praise

“My grand aunt Nora Connolly, in her book We Shall Rise Again, said of rebel songs: ‘For more may be remembered of a country’s history and treasured deep in the heart of a people through a song or a poem than through the pages of a history book’—how true. It was Nora who taught singers her father’s songs. ‘After 1916,’ she said, ‘I never did any more singing’—how sad. Now with this project and through the great talent and commitment of all involved we can hear Nora sing again.”
—James Connolly Heron, great-grandson of James Connolly and author of The Words of James Connolly



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