||Struggle Blues||Woody Guthrie||2:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week||Woody Guthrie||1:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Dogies||Woody Guthrie||3:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hang Knot||Woody Guthrie||2:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Waiting At the Gate||Woody Guthrie||2:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Dying Miner||Woody Guthrie||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Union Burying Ground||Woody Guthrie||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lost John||Woody Guthrie||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Buffalo Skinners||Woody Guthrie||3:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pretty Boy Floyd||Woody Guthrie||3:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ludlow Massacre||Woody Guthrie||3:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||1913 Massacre||Woody Guthrie||3:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
This album was originally released by Moses Asch, founder of the Folkways label, on Asch Records in 1941 as Struggle: Documentary No. 1. It was released by him in 1976 to commemorate the bicentennial of the American Revolution with a special series of liner notes by Asch explaining the importance of Woody Guthrie's history of the working class through song. Both Guthrie's songs and the liner notes are stuff of supreme cultural importance. In the notes, Asch lays out a theory that the American Revolution has not yet been completed and there is a need for a "continuing struggle for human rights and equality." As a collection of songs, this is surely one of the best Guthrie collections, especially once it's known how important it was to him personally. In many ways, it seems as if this album was the fulfillment of a very personal vision, which starts with the songs but is only realized in their collectivity. Included here are such excellent songs as the unsettling "Hang Knot," the elliptic "Union Burying Ground," and the finely spun "Pretty Boy Floyd." These songs define Guthrie at his best, never didactic in tone but supreme in import. The album also features the Cisco Houston (Guthrie's sometime tramping companion) number "Get Along Little Doggies," as well as his vocal accompaniment on several tracks. Sonny Terry guests on "Lost John," lending his harmonica to Guthrie's tale of a chain gang escapee. Both as a historical artifact and as an amazing Guthrie album, this is required listening.
Americana music at its rawest. enough said hes a legeng before Dylan or Springsteen.
When a poet comes along and inspires the genius and intricate mind of one such as Bob Dylan, the beauty of his work cannot be questioned or denied.
Born: July 14, 1912 in Okemah, OK
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s