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Woody Guthrie

Born 14 July 1912. Died 3 October 1967.
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Will Johnson, Jay Farrar and Anders Parker perform Chorine in a special Celtic Connections edition of Travelling Folk.

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Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists displayed on his guitar. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land." Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress. Such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Hunter, Harry Chapin, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Andy Irvine, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, Jerry Garcia, Jay Farrar, Bob Weir, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Childers and Tom Paxton have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.

Many of his songs are about his experiences in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression when Guthrie traveled with displaced farmers from Oklahoma to California and learned their traditional folk and blues songs, earning him the nickname the "Dust Bowl Troubadour." Throughout his life Guthrie was associated with United States Communist groups, though he was seemingly not a member of any.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Live Wire

    Live Wire 2011

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Guthrie performing live in 1949: a slice of musical and social history.
  2. Review of My Dusty Road

    My Dusty Road 2009

    Reviewed by Colin Irwin
    A chance to grasp the full essence of the man behind the legend.
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