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Woody Guthrie by Joe Klein
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Mar 30, 10

Read from February 17 to March 07, 2010

Written like a novel, so it's easy to read and entertaining but hard to tell whether the history given is factually true, inferred, or the product of selective memory/invention.

Sad to learn that, while Guthrie's music provided voice and inspiration to the white, working class laborers hardest hit by the Depression, he was also racist, selfish, ignorant, and treated his wife and family poorly. Confirmation from a friend that nothing about this would change in his life caused me to stop reading the book.

I enjoyed learning about the history of the period, but those sections of the book devoted to general history were limited and overshadowed so much by the depressing story of his life that it wasn't worth it for me to continue.

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