Teach-in for Equality

Saturday, May 9th, 9:30am to 4:30pm – Los Angeles

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Ross Altman

Call him a Singer-Songfighter. He sings “to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.” He sings old labor songs, antiwar songs, civil rights songs, topical/protest songs, traditional songs, love songs, Jewish songs in Yiddish and English, and original songs that carry on that tradition.

Ross grew up on the folk music of Woodie Guthrie, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Theodore Bikel, Josh White, Big Bill Broonzy, Bill Holliday, and later on Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and Malvina Reynolds.

Ross has a Ph.D. in English and an M.A. in Speech. For the last twenty years he has made his living in the Los Angeles area singing for old folks homes, schools, labor unions, political gatherings, folk festivals, libraries, book stores, churches, synagogues, and peace demonstrations.

He has sung for the home-bound and homeless, for disabled children and Fullbright scholars, for benefits and fundraisers, funerals and memorial services, retirement parties and birthday celebrations. He has sung for countless political, social, and environmental groups, including left-wing causes of every kind. As Woody Guthrie said, “Left wing or chicken wing, if there are people there I’ll sing.”

Additionally, he has sung for a myriad of religious denominations including Methodists, Unitarians, Mormons, Baptists, Catholics, Holy Rollers, Jews, Agnostics, Atheists, Humanists, Communists, and FBI agents (usually at the same event).

Ross is a member of Local 47 of the AFM, he writes a regular column for Folk Works, Southern California’s free folk music magazine, and he is the president of The Santa Monica Traditional Folk Music Club.

He plays both six and twelve-string acoustic guitars, a long-neck five-string banjo, and enough harmonicas to fill the tool box in his guitar case, which carries a 1965 Guild D-50.

Ross’ recording and music publishing company is called Grey Goose Music, after Leadbelly’s children’s song about an indestructible goose. During the 80’s and 90’s he produced nine tape cassettes — eight of his own songs and one of classic labor songs, performed in concert at the University of California at Riverside, called Live at The Barn.

Ross can be reached at GreyGooseMusic.

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