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Woody Guthrie, American Radical

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Woody Guthrie, American Radical reclaims the politically radical profile of America's greatest balladeer. Although he achieved a host of national honors and adorns US postage stamps, and although his song "This Land Is Your Land" is often considered the nation's second national anthem, Woody Guthrie committed his life to the radical struggle.

Will Kaufman traces Guthrie's p
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by University of Illinois Press (first published March 1st 2011)
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Jul 12, 2012 Michel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michel by: Kate
Shelves: bio, pol
This land is your land...
Time for the people to win America back from corporate stranglehold. Not gonna be easy with Scotus and God on their side.
Jul 04, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Finally finished this book!
For such an interesting topic, this was definitely pretty dry in parts and I had a hard time finding myself actually wanting to pick it up and read it. It got a lot better towards the last two or three chapters. I'm a fan of Woody Guthrie and this was a good book for finding out more about his different activist roles, but don't expect this to be about Woody himself. They gloss over a lot of personal facts in the process, which is fine but just a warning in case you th
Sep 09, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Woody would have been 100 back in July had he not been felled by a hereditary disease in the mid-60s. Will Kaufman has made it his life's work to study and evaluate this great radical's life and influence. What this volume does is concentrate on Woody's active side as well as his music, from his championing of America's rural and urban poor, his use of radio and non-mainstream newspapers to promote the union cause and his war service to fight Fascism.

It's in-depth, analytical and based on dogge
I got quite a ways into this book before giving up. I've read a couple of biographies of Woody Guthrie, but that isn't what this book is all about. It's his philosophy and how it's expressed in his songs. Which I'm sure is great for the right person, but not for me right now.
Sep 21, 2011 Florence rated it really liked it
This is a critical, unflinching biography of the legendary radical folksinger, Woody Guthrie. It is well researched and thorough, delving into all aspects of Woody's career and his evolving political consciousness. It was surprising to me that Oklahoma has a tradition of agrarian radicalism. So much of labor history is little known in this country and this book is important in filling in some of those gaps in knowledge. Woody's career and his life were cut short by the tragedy of Huntingdon's di ...more
Feb 07, 2015 sillypunk rated it it was amazing
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Feb 04, 2013 Glenn rated it really liked it
I was curious about the personal side of this folk musician and perhaps picked the wrong book for that. The focus in Kaufman's book is Guthrie's political activism. Guthrie seemed uncertain at times where his convictions lay but then aren't we all a work in progress...
Mar 14, 2013 Preston rated it really liked it
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