Sadly the LOC is still not allowing the public to listen to 'The Man
Who Went To War' starring Paul Robeson. However the New Zealand Radio
Archives have this Spectrum programme available for free listening
and/or downloading at:
Spectrum: Remembering Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson (1898-1976) achieved fame as a singer, actor and
political activist. His tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1960
delighted his admirers here. World-famous as a singer and actor in
the 1930's and 1940's, Robeson had been silenced during the McCarthy
era in the United States; His outspoken views on peace, black rights
and decolonisation offended the US Government.
New Zealanders Rona Bailey, Ken Douglas, Kath Kelly, Shirley O'Connor
and Ted Thompson recall their meetings with this "giant of a man" and
his considerable influence in their lives. In excerpts from Robeson's
1960 address to workers at the Addington Railway Workshops in
Christchurch, he speaks about his political background, music and the
struggle for peace and equality.
Music: Ol' Man River (music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar
Hammerstein II) performed live by Paul Robeson, recorded at Addington
Railway Workshops, New Zealand, 1960.