Jeff Sparrow’s No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson explores the life of the scholar, footballer, singer, Hollywood actor and activist. The son of an escaped slave, Robeson stunned audiences with renditions of Ol’ Man River and his acting in Othello. He had everything – and lost it all defending his principles. His passion for social justice led him from Jazz Age Harlem to the mining towns of Wales and Stalin’s Russia. Jeff tells Robeson’s story, accompanied by recordings of Robeson’s songs.
Supported by the University of Sydney.
Jeff Sparrow (Australian)
Jeff Sparrow is a writer, editor and broadcaster. He writes a regular column for The Guardian and contributes regularly to many other Australian and international publications. Jeff is a former member of the 3RRR Breakfasters team and the immediate past editor of literary journal Overland. He is the author of a number of books, including Money Shot: a journey into porn and censorship; No Way But This: in search of Paul Robeson; Trigger Warnings: political correctness and the rise of the right and the most recent Fascists Among Us: Online hate and the Christchurch massacre.