Woody Guthrie : A Lifeby Joe Klein
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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- 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)
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I love the writing in this book, the characters, the stories -- it keeps you engaged throughout... Fantastic book. Highly recommended.
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.
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.