Woody Guthrie : A Life

Woody Guthrie : A Life

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by Joe Klein
     
 

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A biography of the influential American folk singer, Woody Guthrie, who lived a life on the edge of tragedy but inspired a generation of songwriters, including Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.  See more details below

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A biography of the influential American folk singer, Woody Guthrie, who lived a life on the edge of tragedy but inspired a generation of songwriters, including Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

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Long before Joe Klein created a sensation by cloaking himself in anonymity and writing Primary Colors, he penned what has come to be considered the definitive biography of an American folk legend, Woody Guthrie: A Life. From Guthrie's youth in the hills of Oklahoma to his days as a politically active troubadour and his final years spent battling a debilitating disease in New York City, Klein's insightful, affectionate, but unsparing portrait captures the very essence of the man. Long out of print, this classic biography -- which no less an authority than Bruce Springsteen once dubbed "really a great book" -- is now available again in an attractive softcover edition that boasts a new afterword by the author.

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ISBN-13:
9780385333856
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
299,269
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Woody Guthrie 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RCMOM More than 1 year ago
I love the writing in this book, the characters, the stories -- it keeps you engaged throughout... Fantastic book. Highly recommended.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great. Not only touched on Woody's life, but brought out history of the 20's 30's and 40's and what it was like to live in those times. The book gave me the impression that woody was one of those people who had a lot to say and said it whether straightforward or poetic. Even though Joe Klein showed some of the sides of Woody that some fans (including me) would have kept more hidden (in some of Woody's letters), I felt happy after reading the whole book. Too bad it was returned to the library in tatters. It was already falling apart when I loaned it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took me a good two months to read this biography, and that's because a lot of it is boring. This book just did not make me care that much about Guthrie or any of the people in his life, and it didn't help me understand why he's such a towering figure in music history. I will say that some parts of this book were mildly entertaining, and that there is a tremendous amount of detail. If you're already interested in Woody Guthrie, then this book will answer every question you ever had. If you don't particularly care and a friend recommends this book to you, do yourself a favor and demur.