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The stories that Woody Guthrie tells of surviving the Dust Bowl on his first album feel as relevant today as they did in 1940. His compellingly real, almost journalistic accounts of violence on the bluegrass stomper "Vigilante Man" and desperation on the weighty "Dust Pneumonia Blues" bring the horrors of that turbulent era to life. The ironically jaunty tune of "I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore" deliberately clashes with lyrical references to police aggression, unchecked greed, and ruined families.

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This collection of works by America's Own Woody Guthrie is an amazing sample of the American spirit.


Born: July 14, 1912 in Okemah, OK

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Woody Guthrie was the most important American folk music artist of the first half of the 20th century, in part because he turned out to be such a major influence on the popular music of the second half of the 20th century, a period when he himself was largely inactive. His greatest significance lies in his songwriting, beginning with the standard "This Land Is Your Land" and including such much-covered works as "Deportee," "Do Re Mi," "Grand Coulee Dam," "Hard, Ain't It Hard," "Hard Travelin'," "I...
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