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05 October 2010 @ 02:11 am
How Liebler snared Dylan, White,  
Along with literary classics like "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman, "Working Words" has more recent anthems by Eminem, Jack White and Bob Dylan. These stars, like the other current authors in the book, gave M.L. Liebler permission to use their works free to show support for a project saluting the working class.

• The poetry section includes Eminem's "Lose Yourself," with its evocative lyrics about the opportunity of a lifetime and "all the pain inside amplified by the fact that I can't get by with my 9 to 5." Liebler says he knows someone close to Eminem who helped him get permission to use the song. "I just love that piece. When I'm traveling, I listen to that a lot. It kind of reminds me of Detroit."

• The lyrics to Jack White's "The Big Three Killed My Baby," which is on "The White Stripes" album, are in the anthology. White used to come to poetry readings long before Liebler realized who he was. "I didn't know that until one time -- and this was just before they were starting to get famous in England -- someone said, 'Oh, Jack White is here.' I go: 'Jack White's here? Where? ... That guy?' "

• Liebler originally wanted to use Bob Dylan's "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie." He ended up including that poem and two Dylan songs after reaching the icon's management through veteran guitarist and producer Al Kooper -- he's also included in the book -- who told him to call Dylan associate Jeff Rosen. When Rosen's assistant called, Liebler says he was told: "Jeff talked to Bob and Bob said you can have whatever you want, gratis."

I'm glad Jack hasn't fogotten where he came from.