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Woody Guthrie: Three Chords and the Truth

A profile of Woody Guthrie, one of America's legendary songwriters - a tale of survival, creativity and reinvention.

Woody Guthrie is one of America’s legendary songwriters. A voice of the people, he wrote hard-hitting lyrics for a hard-hit nation.

His is a tale of survival, creativity and reinvention. He is proof that there is always potential for change and even in 2019, more than fifty years after his death, he is challenging Donald Trump from beyond the grave.

With enormous influence on successive generations of musicians like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and Billy Bragg, this film proves he has a true place in 21st-century culture.

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 8 Dec 2019 00:25


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Woody Guthrie

    All You Fascists

  • 00:01

    Woody Guthrie

    I Ain't Got No Home

  • 00:02

    Woody Guthrie

    Jolly Banker

  • 00:03

    Billy Bragg

    This Land Is Your Land

  • 00:04

    Woody Guthrie

    Dusty Old Dust

  • 00:07

    Woody Guthrie

    Talking Dust Bowl Blues

  • 00:09

    Woody Guthrie


  • 00:14

    Woody Guthrie

    Chisholm Trail

  • 00:17

    Woody Guthrie

    Railroad Blues

  • 00:18

    Woody Guthrie

    Intro: How Much? How Long?

  • 00:21

    Woody Guthrie

    Slipknot (Hangknot, Slipknot)

  • 00:21

    Woody Guthrie

    Dust Bowl Refugee

  • 00:23

    Woody Guthrie

    Hard Times

  • 00:25

    Cisco Houston & Woody Guthrie

    Worried Man Blues

  • 00:34

    Woody Guthrie

    Tom Joad - Part 1

  • 00:39

    Woody Guthrie

    Car Song

  • 00:47

    Woody Guthrie With Cisco Houston

    New York Town

  • 00:50

    Woody Guthrie

    Why, Oh Why?

  • 00:50

    Woody Guthrie

    I Ain't Got Nobody

  • 00:54

    Bob Dylan

    Song To Woody (Mono Version)


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Billy Bragg
Interviewed Guest Nora Guthrie
Interviewed Guest Arlo Guthrie
Director Todd Austin
Executive Producer Min Clough


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