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Utah Phillips


Bruce “Utah” Phillips (b. May 15, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio; d. May 23, 2008 in Nevada City, Calif.) was a labor organizer, singer, songwriter, storyteller, poet and self-described “Golden Voice of the Great Southwest”. He described the struggles of working people, labor unions and the power of direct action. He often promoted the Industrial Workers of the World in his music, actions, and words. His original songs include the often-covered “Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia” and “Rock salt and nails.”

His official website is, and his blog is
An obituary from Sing Out! magazine can be read at

Utah Phillips’ given name was Bruce Phillips. A fan of T. Texas Tyler, Phillips adopted the stage name U. Utah Phillips.

Phillips served the United States Army for three years beginning in 1956. Witnessing the devastating effects of the post Korean War Korea greatly influenced his social and political thinking. Following service, he returned to Salt Lake City, Utah, and joined Ammon Hennacy from the Catholic Worker Movement in establishing a mission house of hospitality named after the activist Joe Hill. Phillips worked at the Joe Hill House for the next eight years, then ran for the U.S. Senate as a candidate of Utah’s Peace and Freedom Party in 1968.


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  • mot00rzysta

    wow some native english speakers can't tell "hear" from "here" - amazing !

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kropidlowski

    For me, Utah Phillips is one of the few artists who've become intregral in my own development a human being; a critical cornerstone in the house that is me. His work has become part of who i am and what i do, and for that i am eternally thankful.

    9 Oct 2012 Reply
  • EzraHorne

    I feel so sad that Utah died. I wish he was hear to help guide us and energize the people again for our latest fights against the government and corporations that seek to take away our freedom. I've love to hear the songs he'd have written about Occupy Wall Street and the housing bust and other problems we're facing today. I think he'd be proud to see American's still have that spirit to resist--remember, the degree to which you resist, is the degree to which you are free!

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Vaaram

    "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere" - what a great title!

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Montesol

    He should be required listening.

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • branchong

    100,000 plays for Utah. We can do it guys.

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
  • branchong

    Utah..... you saved my life man.

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • perryagain

    ....just discovered him, I'm reassured.

    4 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Cary-

    ...the degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free... Miss ya Utah!

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • PhoebeWD


    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • fishtronaut

    don't forget

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • dinkydauisshit

    a shame how he only had one shout before he died, then all these got added... but if it takes his death for people to appreciate him then so be it

    13 Jan 2010 Reply
  • JoshCIVM

    Mm. The man who knew every song ever written. Amazing person.

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • digitaldna23

    m m good

    26 May 2009 Reply
  • emceelynx

    I loved your work and will miss your voice and courage... thank you for sharing your gifts and your stories wit the rest of us. as the man himself put it, Don't mourn, Organize!

    29 Nov 2008 Reply
  • kukatz

    RIP from Croatia.

    4 Oct 2008 Reply
  • enlitenedkarma

    Much love for Utah and for his song written about my grandfather, I'm glad he can be with him again.

    9 Jul 2008 Reply
  • abclaret

    Didnt realise he had passed away RIP mate.

    16 Jun 2008 Reply
  • jjuulia

    U will never be forgotten.

    10 Jun 2008 Reply
  • misterdoctor

    Godspeed, Bruce.

    26 May 2008 Reply
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