FolkWorld Issue 34 11/2007; Article by Jim Musselman
A Decade of Folk
The US record company Appleseed Recordings, based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, has also been celebrating their 10th anniversary in the Industry of Human Happiness, otherwise known as the Music Business. Folk music has been closely associated with the struggle for social justice, Appleseed's president and founder Jim Musselman explains.
Eric Andersen "You Can't Relive the Past"
I founded Appleseed Recordings in 1996, but the seeds of this venture were sown a long time ago -- the first time I heard the music of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.
Appleseed is an important link in the chain of keeping folk songs and folk music alive. (Studs Terkel)
One of the goals of Appleseed Recordings is to present songs of hope, healing and social justice. We are proud that some of our songs have been used across the globe for this purpose. The song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" was used as an anthem of peace in Northern Ireland and was called the most important song of the century by the BBC.
Another song that we released, Bruce Springsteen's version of "We Shall Overcome," was not only used in the healing process in Colorado after the Columbine school massacre, but also in a video that was broadcast by NBC News more than a dozen times after the recent terrorist attacks on our country. Tom Brokaw called the song an anthem of hope for our troubled times.
Another Appleseed goal is to foster the next generation of Woody Guthries and Pete Seegers.
I admire and respect the vision of Apple-seed to unite people through music.
Keep on doing what you're doing, as small organizations like Appleseed give me hope for the human race. (Pete Seeger)
Although 90% of the recording industry is controlled by five major corporations, Appleseed is a completely independent record label. Our mission is to use music as a conduit for artistic freedom and exploration -- the kind of music that touches a universal chord and instills a feeling of the greater whole.
I hope you will enjoy this outstanding catalogue of CDs from a distinctive group of artists who represent the philosophy of Appleseed Recordings and who, as individuals, have dedicated themselves to sowing the seeds of social justice through music.
|Appleseed Recordings is an independent record company founded in 1996 by Jim Musselman, an activist attorney, after he worked closely for years with consumer advocate Ralph Nader on many social justice issues in Washington D.C. Appleseed is dedicated to sowing the seeds of social justice through music and to exploring the roots and branches of traditional music. Appleseed is a true independent record company, which accepts no corporate or outside funding, and donates a percentage of its profits to environmental, human rights, and other progressive organizations. Jim Musselman's letter has been first published at: www.appleseedrec.com/jimletter/.|
(1) 'Sowing the Seeds' Cover,
(4) Jim Musselman & Pete Seeger (by Appleseed);
(2) Woody Guthrie (by Edition Nautilus);
(3) Pete Seeger (unknown).
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