Woody Guthrie

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Guthrie, Woody

(Woodrow Wilson Guthrie), 1912–67, American folk singer, guitarist, and composer, b. Okemah, Okla. Guthrie was an itinerant musician and laborer from the age of 13. Deeply involved in union and left-wing politics, he wrote many of his more than 1,000 published songs on themes of social injustice, poverty, and politics. A friend of LeadbellyLeadbelly,
nickname of Huddie William Ledbetter,
1885–1949, American singer, b. Mooringsport, La. While wandering through Louisiana and Texas, he earned a living by playing the guitar for dances.
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, Pete SeegerSeeger, Pete
(Peter Seeger), 1919–2014, American folksinger, composer, and environmentalist, b. New York City. Seeger, a son of musicologist Charles Seeger and violinist Constance Edson Seeger, stepson of composer Ruth Crawford Seeger, and nephew of poet Alan Seeger, left
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, and Ramblin Jack Elliott, Guthrie became an iconic figure in American folk music, exerting great influence on younger performers, notably Bob DylanDylan, Bob
, 1941–, American singer and composer, b. Duluth, Minn., as Robert Zimmerman. Dylan learned guitar at the age of 10 and autoharp and harmonica at 15. After a rebellious youth, he moved to New York City in 1960 and in the early years of the decade began playing
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 and Bruce SpringsteenSpringsteen, Bruce Frederick,
1949–, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, nicknamed "The Boss," b. Long Branch, N.J. Springsteen established himself as a singer and songwriter, as well as a stage showman, while playing in bands in cities along the shore of the NE
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. His most famous song is undoubtedly "This Land Is Your Land." Other songs include "Hard Traveling," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Pastures of Plenty," and "Deportee." Guthrie also wrote a Dust Bowl novel, House of Earth (1947, pub. 2013).


See his autobiography, Bound for Glory (1943, rev. ed. 1968) and his partially fictional memoir Seeds of Man (written 1930s, pub. 1976, repr. 1995); biographies by J. Klein (1980), E. Cray (2004), and W. Kaufman (2011); R. Shelton, ed., Born to Win (1965); H. Yurchenco and M. Guthrie, A Mighty Hard Road (1970).

Guthrie's son, Arlo Guthrie, 1947–, b. New York City, is also a folk singer and composer. He is best known for "Alice's Restaurant," a rambling, witty song that was the basis of a motion picture in which he starred (1969).

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2) Ed Cray, Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie (New York: W.
Downs' medley of Woody Guthrie tunes "Pastures of Plenty" and "This Land is Your Land" is sung in both traditional gospel and folk styles updated with a touch of reggae and chanting.
He fell in with a crowd of hard-left folkie types and became consumed by the Woody Guthrie myth-not through the man's actual music but through Bound for Glory, his autobiography about life on the road.
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The Grand Coulee Dam, celebrated in song by Woody Guthrie (under contract to the federal government's Bonneville Power Administration), single-handedly destroyed most of the wild salmon runs of the Pacific Northwest.
The $8 million Guthrie Green, named after Oklahoma native and folk music icon Woody Guthrie, features community gathering space offering gardens, interactive fountains, an outdoor stage with vine-covered "green rooms", a large multipurpose lawn for performances and festivals, and an 11,200-square foot cafe pavilion.
Joel Rafael has been writing and performing since 1974 and over the past decades has released a stunning collection of eight Americana albums, including a 2CD Woody Guthrie collection with five Guthrie/Rafael co-writes.
Billy Bragg WOODY Guthrie was one of the most influential figures in popular music, inspiring Bob Dylan and a generation of topical singer-songwriters in the '60s and even having an influence on punk - Joe Strummer modelled himself on Woody, asking friends to call him Woody as a teenager.
This land is your land; Woody Guthrie and the journey of an American folk song.
In 1941, Woody Guthrie did a version, followed by Josh White in 1947.
Just one man and guitar recorded in one take, this is a return to the storytelling tradition of Woody Guthrie.