Bev Grant and The Human Condition: (left to right) Peter Farnese, Gene Hicks, Bev Grant, Jerry Minick, and Mario Giacalone. Photo by Federico Sanchez. Courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Bev Grant as a child, ca. 1953. She began playing the guitar at age ten in Portland, Oregon. Courtesy of Bev Grant.
Gerry, Charlene, and Beverly Miller (Bev Grant) in Portland, Oregon, in dresses sewn by their mother, Gladys Miller, ca. 1955. Courtesy of Bev Grant.
Bev Grant in New York City at the LUNGS (Loisida United Neighborhood Gardens) Second Annual Harvest Arts Festival at the DeColores Community Garden on September 28, 2013. Photo by Joyce Miller. Courtesy of Bev Grant.
Working People Gonna Rise! Year of Recording: 1974
Bev Grant and The Human Condition at “The War Is Over” celebration in New York City on May 11, 1975. Courtesy of Bev Grant.
Dorie Ellzey performing with Bev Grant. October 3, 1975. Courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Barbara Dane, Julius Lester, and Bernice Johnson Reagon at a Sing Out! Concert in New York City. A friend of Bev Grant, Barbara Dane is the co-founder of Paredon Records, which published Working People Gonna Rise! (1974). She and Bernice Johnson Reagon both contribute profoundly to music and social struggles. Photo by Diana Davies. Courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard sang about women as workers, which inspired later groups like The New Harmony Sisterhood to tell the stories of women and oppressed people through song. This photo, taken in 1965, appears as the cover image of Pioneering Women of Bluegrass (1996). Photo by John Cohen. Courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
Born in West Virginia’s coal country in 1935, Hazel Dickens often participated in union rallies for mineworkers and sang about the everyday hardships of poverty and labor. Beginning in 1969, she performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival fifteen times. Here she is pictured at a Ralph Rinzler Memorial Concert in 2010. Photo by Walter Larrimore. Courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.
The Best of Broadside 1962–1988: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine / Year Released: 2000 Bev grant wrote the song “Inez” shortly after hearing about the story of Inez Garcia, who was convicted of murder for killing a man who raped her. The song is included in the Best of Broadside five-disc box set.
Bev Grant leading the Brooklyn Women's Chorus at the BMCC TriBecA Performing Arts Center in New York City on April 12, 2013. Courtesy of Bev Grant.
Bev Grant wrote and led songs and helped make a film about the 1968 Miss America Beauty Pageant protest as a part of the New York Newsreel Filmmaking collective. She took this photo of the protest on September 7, 1968, on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photo by Bev Grant. Courtesy of Bev Grant.
Ina May Wool and Bev Grant—the WOOL&GRANT duo—on the Carroll Street Bridge in Brooklyn, New York. Photo by Joyce Miller. Courtesy of Bev Grant.