"Woody was always very political. People assume that I must be too because I was with him and admired him so much and traveled with him and and listened to him rave. I picked up a lot of good things from him and one or two bad habits." Jack Elliott
interview with Bruce Sylvester (4 July 1997. Goldmine)
The following records were all disced in the late 1940's just prior to the Guide to Subversive Organizations' citation of subversion of Young People's Records (YPR), and yet these same records with the same catalog numbers are presently being sold and can be purchased through an order form of the Greystone Corporation: Chisholm Trail (copyrighted 1948); Daniel Boone (1949); Muffin in the City (1948); Muffin in the Country (1948); Sleepy Family (1948); The Little Fireman (1948); The Little Cowboy (1948); Out-Of-Doors (1949); and When I Grow Up (1949). Tom's Hiccups was copyrighted in 1951, the same year YPR was cited subversive and a full year before its Fifth Amendment president, Horace Grenell, took leave of the record company. Only time and space prohibit a complete listing of all the records that are presently being sold which were disced when YPR was cited subversive.
At present six corporations and/or companies occupy the same address with YPR and most with the same telephone number and bank account: (1) Young People's Records, (2) Children's Record Guild, (3) Greystone Press, (4) Living Language Courses, (5) Traffic Publishing Company and (6) Franson Corporation.
Established as a subsidiary of Young People's Records were two extremely popular record companies: Pram Records and the Children's Record Guild (CRG). The latter records were also scientifically calculated to nerve-jam the minds of our children. Pram records disced for babies one and two years old, are, no doubt, preparatory to the music heard in the rhythmic activity records of CRG and YPR. On the back side of both Pram Records and Children's Record Guild records one finds, "A product of YPR" or "A product of Young People's Records, Inc." Also established as a subsidiary of YPR was Living Language Courses whose records can be found prominently displayed in Communist book stores, particularly, "Living Russian."
It is obvious that the Communists have not entered into the children's recording field for any humanitarian purpose. As the California Senate Fact-Finding Commitee put it: "The Communist Party does not overlook the indoctrination of children. The Communist book stores recently have been handing out folders advertising Young People's Records. One of these folders, Distributed by the Communist Party Progressive Book Shop, located at 1806 West Seventh Street in Los Angeles, is entitled 'Help Your Child Discover the Fascinating World of Music' --. The records, announced the folder, are on 'permadisc' and sell for only $1.49 plus tax. The folder declares that 'Critics and Teachers Hail Young People's Records.'" The address given for YPR and CRG is 100 Sixth Aven., New York 13, N.Y. In Canada the address is 1184 Castlefield Ave., Toronto. Also printed on some of the jackets is the comment: "Approved by boards of education and in daily use in thousands of schools in all 50 states and Canada." Consistently enough, the members of the Pavlovian Society here in the United States are affiliated with many of the same Communist fronts as the educators on the editorial board of Young People's Records and the entertainers, artists, writers and promoters of the Communist recordings. 1.
1. (1) Edith Sidorsky, (2) Lucy Mitchell, (3) Raymond Abrashkin, (4) Thomas Glazer, (5) Eleanor Reich, (6) Leone Adelson, (7) Jay Williams, (8) Alex North, (9) Sam Wanamaker, (10) Charity Bailey, (11) Jack Elliott, (12) Pete Seeger, (13) Woody Guthrie, (14) Jean Ritchie, (15) Huddie Ledbetter, (16) Cisco Houston, and (17) Alan Lomax.
David A. Noebel. Rhythm, Riots, and Revolution;
An Analysis of the Communist Use of Music --The Communist Master Music
Plan--. (Tulsa, Oklahoma: Christian Crusade Publications. 1966) 33-38.