An autobiography

By Ewan Maccoll



  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7936-8
  • Pages: 400
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: September 2009
  • BIC Category: Folk style, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Folk & Traditional, Autobiography: Arts & Entertainment, The arts / Folk & traditional music, Music, Traditional & folk music


This new edition of Journeyman, Ewan MacColl's vivid and entertaining autobiography, has been re-edited from the original manuscript, and includes a new introduction by Peggy Seeger, for whom he wrote the unforgettable 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'.

MacColl, a singer, songwriter, actor, playwright and broadcaster, begins this fascinating account with his working class Salford childhood, traces the founding and life of Theatre Workshop, one of Britain's most innovative theatre companies, then moves on to his work with folksingers, the Radio Ballads and his ascent into old age.

Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger were among the main leaders of the UK folksong revival. Journeyman documents their struggle to secure the integrity of that revival as the popular media appropriated and re-created traditional music for commercial gain.

An entertaining and thought-provoking slice of British history, it will appeal to those interested in the histories of folk music, theatre, radio, left-wing politics and the Manchester area.


List of illustrations
Introduction by Peggy Seeger
Part One
1. Early days and Hogmanay
2. One in three million
3. Front doors and back entries
4. Unnatural habitat
5. Lodgers and friends
6. The gang
7. The tangenital mind
8. Happy days?
9. Mother, Meg and May
10. Limbo
11. On the broo
12. Big city, big Geordie
13. Politics, prurience and fresh air
14. New comrades
15. Agitprop
16. Theatre of action
17. Living in London and dreaming of Moscow
18. Megaphones to microphones
Part Two
19. Theatre Workshop
20. On the road
21. Enter Alan Lomax
22. Into the Folk revival
23. Radio ballads
24. singing and song-writing
25. The joy of living
26. Time steals on and steals


Ewan MacColl (1915-1989) was a singer, songwriter, radio broadcaster and documentary-maker, actor and playwright

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