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Woody Guthrie: A Life

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ISBN13: 9780385333856
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Perhaps now best known as an acclaimed (and bestselling) author of fiction, Joe Klein has for nearly three decades been one of contemporary journalism's premiere reporters. In "Woody Guthrie: A Life", Klein's signature style of insightful narrative nonfiction brings to life a vivid chapter in the history of American culture.<P>In 1998, the Woody Guthrie Foundation made public for the first time more than 10,000 of his papers, letters, song lyrics, and artworks, sparking renewed interest in the life of an American folk legend who influenced generations of musicians to come. The New York Times, reporting on the phenomenon, described Guthrie's appeal and legacy succinctly: "(Woody Guthrie was) one of the most influential cultural figures of the century. Guthrie inspired Bob Dylan and virtually created the modern folk tradition and singer-songwriter genre, and his music remains as vital today as when he was performing".<P>Born in Oklahoma in 1912, Guthrie spent his early years among the farmers and migrant workers of the dust bowl. As a young man during the Great Depression, he traveled across the country by boxcar with his guitar, composing the indelible folk ballads that made him a leader of the politically vital folk movement of the pre-war era. Tragically, the onset of Huntington's disease, gradually diminished his mind, body, and work, and led to his untimely death at the age of 55. Still, Guthrie's life and music have inspired every important folk and folk rock artist since, from Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez to Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, and Ani DiFranco.

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jksquires, November 8, 2011 (view all comments by jksquires)
I picked up a first edition used copy of this book some months ago, and finally got around to reading it last week. I found it to be a fast and fascinating read. Joe Klein takes the life of the great Guthrie on with a straightforward, no nonsense narrative. I found it extremely timely during this time of Occupy Wall Street and a demand for social justice. Woody had his demons and more than his share of tragedy, but he never forgot to stand up for ordinary working men and women. He also gave us the best national anthem ever, "This Land is Your Land." Not even a shadow of a doubt about it, Woody Guthrie was genius and is a national treasure.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385333856
Author:
Klein, Joe
Publisher:
Delta
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Musicians
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
Guthrie, woody, 1912-1967
Subject:
Musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 in 1.25 lb

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