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Ewan  MacColl: Life and times

A son, James, born to Betsy and William Miller of Salford, Lancashire

End of World War One

General Strike

February 2nd, Jimmy Miller leaves school, a week after he turns 14.
April - gets job at Anaconda Wire
Joins the Clarion Players , later called the Workers Theatre Movement
Joins Young Communist League
October -  Stock Market crash triggers massive economic depression

1929 - 1934
Temporary jobs, self-education, socialist politics, agit-prop theatre, rambling...

'National' government formed by right wing Labour, Tories and Liberals
March -  back on the dole.
Unemployed members of the Manchester W.T.M. form the Red Megaphones

First radio work

Red Megaphones change name to Theatre of Action
Meets Joan Littlewood who joins Theatre of Action
Joan and Jimmy marry

Jimmy and Joan head for Moscow, make it to London...

Back in Manchester, form Theatre Union

The Last Edition 'a living newspaper' has performance halted by police.
Jimmy and Joan bound over for two years for 'breach of peace.'

1940 - 1945
Throughout the war, Theatre Union members keep studying their craft

Theatre Workshop is formed

1945 - 1953
Theatre Workshop touring productions
Jimmy Miller becomes Ewan MacColl
Joan and Ewan divorce
Ewan marries Jean Newlove, they have two children, Hamish and Kirsty

Theatre Workshop settles in Theatre Royal, Stratford, E. London
Ewan starts to separate himself from Theatre Workshop, concentrating more on promotion and performance of folk-music.
First Ballad and Blues concerts

Meets Peggy Seeger

1957 - 1989
Life and musical partnership with Peggy Seeger.
Ewan and Peggy have three children, Calum, Neill and Kitty

1958 - 1964
Production of Radio Ballads

Ballad and Blues Club is renamed the Singers Club

The Critics Group forms

1965 - 1971
Critics Group organises annual Festival of Fools

1968 - 1985
Peggy and Ewan publish 21 issues of New City Songster

Seventieth Birthday Concert

After several years of illness, dies, aged 74.