Woody Guthrie

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(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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Yet, here was Woody Guthrie, in 1952, scrawling in gray ink over a multicolored wash of flowers on a page of his notebook, in the grammatically and syntactically tortured strains of early Huntington's disease:
What little plot the novel has is not complicated, but it's enough upon which to hang screeds against bankers and capitalists (this is Woody Guthrie, after all), private ownership of land, politicians and greed.
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Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie.
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Bound for Glory, director Hal Ashby's 1976 cinematic tribute to Woody Guthrie, concludes with the folksinger departing California for the greener pastures of New York City in early 1940.
Folk singer and American icon Woody Guthrie was born in 1912 in the rural town of Okemah, Oklahoma, sixty miles southwest of Tulsa.
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PROTEST singer Billy Bragg yesterday vowed to block the release of a race-hate album by the British National Party -for abusing the legacy of his musical hero Woody Guthrie.
Masullo was chosen Songwriter of the Year at the 2003 Ozark Music Awards and won first place at the 2002 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition.
The download also includes lessons featuring songs by artists including Eric Clapton, Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie, the company said.