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Bound for Glory: The Hard-Driving, Truth-Telling Autobiography of America's Great Poet-Folk Singerby Woody Guthrie
I read Bound for Glory, Woody Guthrie's autobiography, when I was 15 or 16. It filled me with such an intense longing to travel that I actually dropped out of high school, specifically to become a vagabond, and, at 18, bought a plane ticket to Europe. I called my mom from Amsterdam to let her know where I was and that I had no actual money. I stayed with a friend's family in Germany till she could wire some cash to me, and I spent three months drifting around. I'm still amazed that my mom never said a word about it.
Synopses & Reviews
Woody Guthrie was born in Oklahoma and traveled this whole country over--not by jet or motorcycle, but by box-car, thumb, and foot. During the journey of discovery that was his life, he composed and sang words and music that have become a national heritage. His songs, however, are but part of his legacy. Behind him Woody Guthrie left a remarkable auto-biography that vividly brings to life both his vibrant personality and a vision of America we cannot afford to let die.
First published in 1943, this autobiography is also a superb portrait of America's Depression years, by the folk singer, activist, and man who saw it all.
One of Guthrie's first published writings, it is an important artifact of musical and political history, and a precedent for Guthrie's long lost novel, House of Earth, to be published in 2013 and edited by Johnny Depp and Douglas Brinkley.
First published in 1943, this autobiography is also a superb portrait of America's Depression years, by a man who saw it all.
Table of Contents
Foreword: "So Long, Woody, It's Been Good to Know Ya" by Pete Seeger
A Tribute to Woody Guthrie by Stewart L. Udall, Secretary of the Interior
I. Soldiers in the Dust
II. Empty Snuff Cans
III. I Ain't Mad at Nobody
IV. New Kittens
V. Mister Cyclone
VII. Cain't No Gang Whip Us Now
VIII. Fire Extinguishers
IX. A Fast-Running Train Whistles Down
X. The Junking Sack
XI. Boy in Search of Something
XII. Trouble Busting
XIII. Off to California
XIV. The House on the Hill
XV. The Telegram that Never Came
XVI. Stormy Night
XVII. Extra Selects
XIX. Train Bound for Glory
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