Hard Travelin': The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie / Edition 1

Hard Travelin': The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie / Edition 1

by Robert Santelli
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819563919

ISBN-13: 9780819563910

Pub. Date: 11/19/1999

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

For the first ever American Music Masters event sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, musicians and folkies came together to salute the life and legacy of Woody Guthrie, America's folk troubadour. With contributions from Guthrie's son Arlo and his longtime friends Pete Seeger and Harold Leventhal, and with new appreciations and insights provided by…  See more details below

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For the first ever American Music Masters event sponsored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, musicians and folkies came together to salute the life and legacy of Woody Guthrie, America's folk troubadour. With contributions from Guthrie's son Arlo and his longtime friends Pete Seeger and Harold Leventhal, and with new appreciations and insights provided by scholars and critics, Hard Travelin' continues that celebration, offering a new understanding of Guthrie's contribution to America's music and culture. It is illustrated with photographs and drawings, many never-before-seen, from the Woody Guthrie Archives.

Guthrie's songs -- such as "This Land Is Your Land," "Pretty Boy Floyd," or "Roll on Columbia" -- are still known and sung by many Americans, while the story of his life has taken on a mythic cast -- the modern troubadour, the hobo balladeer and union supporter, the wandering folk singer who heard and wrote in the voice of the people. Guthrie's influence is felt not only whenever someone sings one of his songs, but any time a modern folk group or rocker sings a protest song or joins a social or political cause.

In this book, Guthrie's family and friends offer personal and often poignant recollections of his life. Noted writers such as Dave Marsh, David Shumway, and Robert Cantwell shed new light on the Guthrie legacy, including an expanded appreciation of his impact on rock and roll, through such figures as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. They also assess Guthrie's place in the political and social movements of his time, especially his support for unions and for the communist party; his attitudes toward race; and the little-studied topic of his visual art, the often very personal drawings, doodles, sketches, and paintings that he produced throughout his life. The book concludes with a valuable biblio/discography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819563910
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
11/19/1999
Series:
American Music Masters
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Editor's Note
Acknowledgments
Way Down Yonder in the Indian Nation: Woody Guthrie, An American Troubadour3
Remembering Woody14
Hobo's Lullaby22
Going Back to Coney Island34
Beyond Folk: Woody Guthrie's Impact on Rock and Roll45
Woody Guthrie's Recorded Legacy57
Democratic Visions, Democratic Voices: Woody as Writer69
Classic in Its Own Little Way: The Art of Woody Guthrie83
Woody Guthrie's American Century111
Your Land: The Lost Legacy of Woody Guthrie128
Woody the Red?138
Fanfare for the Little Guy153
Deportees: Woody Guthrie's Unfinished Business170
Biblio/Discography181
Contributors245
Index249

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