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Songwriter, poet, writer, political activist . . . and, perhaps most fundamental to his work but least known about Woody Guthrie, artist. "Contrary to popular mythology, it was with paint brushes in hand, not a guitar, that Guthrie hit the road for California. He had hocked his guitar . . . and it was his artistic skills that he brokered for room and board." So begins Nora ...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Rizzoli
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Greg Brozeit
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Woody Guthrie is one the most influential American singer/songwriters. Yet, as Steven Bowers observes in the introduction Woody Guthrie Artworks, “it was in the visual arts that Guthrie first began to express himself creatively” and “[h]is understanding of the visual is incorporated in his lyrics.” Indeed, as this book, the first and only collection of Guthrie’s art, demonstrates, Guthrie loved to draw and paint and had some sophisticated notions about the art influences of his time. He kept not ...more
Grady Ormsby
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A marvelous book! Jam-packed with Woody's illustrations. Who knew? We all thought of Woody as a musician, but he was also an absolutely brilliant artist.

On a hitchhiking trip Out West he was paying expenses painting signs. He left his brushes in the car he was traveling in to go to get something to eat. When he returned, the driver was gone. The brushes were gone. Woody got an old guitar and used that to make expenses. Though he drew, illustrated and painted, for the rest of his life, it was the
Khris Sellin
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most of us know Woody Guthrie through his words and music, his biting commentary on the sociopolitical world still relevant today. But before he became a well-known folk musician, he was an artist, interested in typography and commercial art. When I visited the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa last November, much of his artwork was on display. It was much-needed salve for me after the disastrous election. His works are simple but compelling, bringing that same cynicism and humor to bear. He was an ...more
Kate Elizabeth
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars.

"The worst thing that can happen to you is to cut yourself loose from people. And the best thing is to sort of vaccinate yourself right into the ... big streams and blood of the people. To feel like you know the best and the worst of folks that you see everywhere and never to feel weak, or lost, or even lonesome anywhere. There is just one thing that can cut you to drifting from the people, and that's any brand or style of greed. There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to ge
Elizabeth Lamb
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Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book of drawings, water colors, writings, etc. from the notebooks of WG. Very cool.
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Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie was an American songwriter and folk musician. Guthrie's musical legacy consists of hundreds of songs, ballads and improvised works covering topics from political themes to traditional songs to children's songs. Guthrie performed continually throughout his life with his guitar frequently displaying the slogan "This Machine Kills Fascists". Guthrie is perhaps best know ...more
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