The music industry is making money hand over fist, but life for average musicians remains incredibly precarious. But musicians aren’t temporarily embarrassed millionaires — they’re workers. And like any other worker, the solution to their problem is collective organizing.
Joey La Neve DeFrancesco is a public historian, organizer, and musician based in Providence, Rhode Island. He runs the labor history program at Slater Mill Museum and is a member of the band Downtown Boys.
This week 194 years ago, Rhode Island textile workers waged the first factory strike in US history. It was organized by young women.