This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems

This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems

by John Shaw
     
 

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Millions of Americans have sung "God Bless America" and "This Land Is Your Land." Few know that the latter originated when a homeless man named Woody Guthrie became so provoked by Irving Berlin's sentimental patriotism that he wrote an American anthem of his own—one about the dark realities of the dust bowl and Great Depression. But Guthrie was unaware that

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Overview

Millions of Americans have sung "God Bless America" and "This Land Is Your Land." Few know that the latter originated when a homeless man named Woody Guthrie became so provoked by Irving Berlin's sentimental patriotism that he wrote an American anthem of his own—one about the dark realities of the dust bowl and Great Depression. But Guthrie was unaware that the song he despised also concealed complexities. Berlin had also risen from homelessness, and his song was partly in response to Hitler's rise overseas. This Land That I Love is a dual biography of these beloved songs, offering a unique view of America's traditions and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781482931877
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

John Shaw has written on music and theater for the LA Review of Books and Chicago Reader. He has written more than 250 songs, including music and lyrics for three full-length and numerous short plays that have been produced in Seattle, Chicago, and elsewhere. He lives in Seattle.

Traber Burns worked for thirty-five years in regional theater, including the New York, Oregon, and Alabama Shakespeare festivals. He also spent five years in Los Angeles appearing in many television productions and commercials, including Lost, Close to Home, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and others.

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