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About Us - Political Folk Music .Org
My name is Dr. John Levan Bernhart, Ph.D. My ancestry is working class Pennsylvania Dutch. My father is a trained musician; I am not a trained musician. I am a trained historian. While I can play the saxophone, clarinet, and oboe, I have no experience with keyboards, guitars, drums, and the bass clef. So you might be asking yourself why an amateur musician has created this website. The answer is simple. The music you will find here is available nowhere else on the web, and I believe, like John Neuhaus believed before me, that these songs need to be sung. They are not simply historical relics. For example, The Ninety and Nine could easily be the anthem of the Occupy Movement and A Song for 1910 could easily be renamed A Song for 2010. So I have endeavored to the best of my limited abilities to create this website not as an archive but as a resource for living musicians. Music is a shared social experience. Music can inspire class war. Music can improve morale as we fight. If you have any sheet music to contribute, please contact me.
- On this page, I have included three photographs representing what is important to me. These include my son (who is named Utah-Alistair Zheng Bernhart in honor of Utah Phillips and Alistair Hulett), my father (Dr. John Howard Levan Bernhart) standing with Alistair Hulett, and the union card belonging to my grandmother (Anna Mae Getz).
- The files included on this website are for educational use only. This is a non-profit website. Any copyright holders who object to the inclusion of any material can contact me and I will immediately remove any offending material.
- From September 1996 to March 2011, I was a temporary, part-time worker for dozens of employers. I was working in Tokyo when the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear catastrophe occured. On March 11, 2011, I became an unemployed, internally displaced person. For twenty-nine months after nuclear radiation forced me from my home, I remained unemployed. I lost my emplyment. I lost my life savings. I lost my home. I received no compensation, not even unemployment insurance because part-time workers in Japan are not elligible for unemployment insurance coverage. Finally, as of August 26, 2013, I found new employment, but this employment is not stable. It is a fixed term contract with no job security, and the work is seasonal, not offering wages for the months of the year I am not needed. Having a family to support without secure, full-time employment, maintaining the www.politicalfolkmusic.org domain and web hosting is financially difficult. If you are fortunate enough to have full-time employment with job security, I hope that you will make a PayPal donation to firstname.lastname@example.org (Utah-Alistair Bernhart).
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