|We Shall Overcome|
BurlingTown cassette cover
|Studio album by Bernie Sanders|
|Released||December 12, 1987|
|Studio||White Crow Audio
|Length||26:31 (Side A)|
We Shall Overcome is an album by American politician Bernie Sanders, recorded and released in 1987. The album combined folk music and spoken word, narrated by Sanders. He was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, at the time of the album's release. The album was remastered and rereleased in 2014 and gained wide exposure during Sanders' presidential campaign.
In 1987, Burlington-based music producer Todd Lockwood was sipping coffee at Leunig's Bistro when he came up with the idea to approach the city's mayor, Bernie Sanders, to record a musical project at his studio, White Crow Audio. Lockwood wrote a letter to Mayor Sanders and a meeting was arranged at the mayor's office. Lockwood originally imagined the album as an audio portrait of Bernie Sanders, but Sanders saw it as an opportunity to tell a much larger story.
Sanders made a list of ten songs he would be willing to record, five of which made the cut for the album.
Once word of the project spread among the Vermont music community, musicians began lining up to be part of it. The studio sessions were reminiscent of the Michael Jackson - Lionel Richie recording, "We Are the World".
It is estimated that the 1987 cassette tape sold about 600 to 800 copies, out of 1,000 that were produced. The 2014 reissue has sold about 3,000 copies as of March 2016. The album reportedly landed Sanders at No. 116 on Billboard's Top New Artist chart in February 2016.
Sanders signed a record contract in 1987 that would guarantee him royalties for any profits made, but did not receive any at the time due to the album's high production costs. In 2016, Sanders earned $2,521 in royalties for his participation in the recording.
|2.||"The Banks of Marble"||5:51|
|3.||"Where Have All the Flowers Gone"||5:48|
|4.||"This Land Is Your Land"||3:06|
|5.||"We Shall Overcome"||7:22|
|6.||"A Conversation with Bernie Sanders"|
|United States||December 12, 1987||Cassette||BurlingTown|||
|December 1, 2014||CD||Todd R. Lockwood Works|||
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