Carlton C. and Amy Guess McLarty:
An Inventory of Their Papers, 1962-1967, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Carlton McLarty, born in Lubbock to his parents John and Sara, attended Texas Tech before graduating from the University of Texas School of Law. He practiced in Lubbock and was named criminal defense attorney of the year in 1989 by the Lubbock County defenders association. For twenty years he practiced defense law in the federal system in Dallas. McLarty also played banjo, ukulele and guitar, performing regularly with his brother Matthew in the bluegrass group Yellowhouse Canyon Band.
Agnes “Sis” Cunningham and Gordon Friesen founded Broadside in 1962 to offer new and classic tunes with political commentary about their times. All in all, 186 issues came out of the New York operation, although there was a haitus from the late 1970s through 1982. The cover price was $0.35 and rose to $0.50 during the run in this set of papers, then $2.00 by 1983.
In the first 76, included here, Bob Dylan's “Blowin' in the Wind” was published as sheet music in May 1962, followed by “Oxford Town” in December. Other authors include Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Pete Seeger, Malvina Reynolds, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Fariña, and Tom Paxton--even Len H. Chandler's “Beans in My Ears”. Subject matter for the songs range from factory working conditions to Billy Sol Estes to civil rights to the US House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee.
Among the salient appeals of the two Sing Out! issues in the new gift are the ytransfer of ownership to the staff of the magazine and the beginning of resistance to the Vietnam conflict. Volume 16 Number 6 offers the originla publication of Pete Seeger's "The Big Muddy", which was instrumental in the CBS television network's censorship of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in September 1967.
Issues, mimeographed black on white bond paper then later offset, are available from #1 through #76 of Broadside. Recent gifts include two issues of Sing Out! from 1967. The collection is in good condition, except for the occasional stain, and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.
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Carlton C. and Amy Guess McLarty Papers, 1962-1967, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Gifts, 2016 and 2019
Processed by: Jon Holmes, 2017 and 2019