Ewan MacColl could not have left us a finer legacy than his autobiography, completed shortly before his death in 1989. He dedicated his life to radical theatre and folk music, forming 'Theatre Workshop' with Joan Littlewood, his first wife, and later pioneering the British folk revival with A L Lloyd in the 1950s. He achieved international recognition for the BBC radio-ballads - mixtures of narrative, recorded conversation and songs. His writing encompassed 8 plays and over 300 songs including 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,' 'Dirty Old Town' and 'I'm a Rambler.' The great joy of this book is his descriptions of the everyday, but extraordinary people and events throughout his life. Brought up during the 1920's in a row of terraces in Salford, near Manchester, he lived in the down-market half, where the houses didn't have bay windows. MacColl's lifelong allegiance to the Communist Party arose from his early life and the desperate unemployment which affected him, his family and his friends. He will be remembered most for his singing and for his collaboration with singer and instrumentalist, Peggy Seeger, half-sister to the American singer, Pete Seeger. Married to MacColl for over 25 years, she introduces this inspiring book which ends with honest, never maudlin, reflections on life and death, as he becomes aware that he has very little time left.