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This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song

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"This Land Is Your Land" is the most iconic folk song in American history, and is the masterwork of one of America's greatest artists, Woody Guthrie. Written in 1940 and first recorded in 1944, the song became an instant hit, and then a point of controversy, and finally a cross-generation anthem. It's been co-opted and rewritten in many other countries. Praised for its ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Running Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Craig Werner
May 27, 2012 Craig Werner rated it liked it
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Nothing new here for anyone who's read either the Klein or Cardy Guthrie bios. It's almost always a stretch to get a book out of a single song (David Margolies' book on Strange Fruit runs into similar problems). Santelli, who's a really good music writer and intimately familiar with the story (his efforts were a big reason the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's first Music Masters even focused on Guthrie), does a decent enough job bringing in all of the tangents that surround one of the greatest ...more
adrian anderson
Oct 15, 2014 adrian anderson rated it liked it
While a much quicker read than Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, I found This Land is Your Land more focused and more accessible.

"As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me."
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Feb 19, 2014 Adam Tierney-eliot rated it liked it
It started well. However, it became pretty hard near the end to maintain the narrative. In fact, it is probably about 1/3 too long. You can stop reading when it reaches Bob Dylan.
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