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Jack Langan was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

"An IWW since 1937, John Gibbons Langan also carried a card in the Newspaper Guild, and was for many years a regular at Slim Brundage's Chicago free-speech forum, the College of Complexes, widely regarded as the successor to the old Dil Pickle. By 1955, Langan had resettled in San Francisco, where he ran a similar joint called The Place, described in some detail in Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums.... Langan was, like Brundage, a living link between the old Wobbly hobohemia and the newer youth counterculture."

—Archie Green, David Roediger, Franklin Rosemont, and Salvatore Salerno,

The Big Red Songbook

The New Solidarity Forever


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