contents– Introduction– Bound for glory– The Asch recordings– World War II years– Mermaid avenue– Folk revival– Tributes– Posthumous honors
Woodie Guthrie was born in 1912 in Oklahoma. After hard circunstances inhis life he decided to ramble around the country.In exchange for bed and board he painted signs and played the guitar and sang in saloons along theway, developing a love for travelling the open road. He was also in favor of workers´ rights and proved himself ahard- hitting advocate for truth, fairness and justice.
Bound for Glory Guthrie was a prolific writer, filling thousands of pages of unpublished poems and prose. Guthrie also wrote a lot of songs and worked on his autobiography. The end product, Bound For Glory was vividly told in the artists down-home dialect, with the flair and imagery of a true storyteller.
The Asch recordings In 1944, Guthrie met Moses "Moe" Asch of Folkways Records, for whom he first recorded "This Land Is Your Land". Over the next few years, he recorded "Worried Man Blues", along with hundreds of other songs.
World War II yearsGuthrie believed performing his anti- fascist songs and poems at home was the best use of his talents.He served in the U.S Merchant Marine as a mess man and dishwasher, and frequently sang for the crew and troops. In 1945, Guthries association with communism made him ineligible for further service in the Merchant Marine, and he was drafted into the U.S. Army.
Mermaid Avenue The years living on Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island were among Guthries mostproductive periods as a writer. During this time Ramblin Jack Elliottstudied extensively under Guthrie, visiting his home and observing how he wrote and performed. Elliott, like Bob Dylanlater, idolized Guthrie and was inspired by his idiomatic performance style and repertoire.
Folk revival In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a new generation of young people were inspired by folk singers including Guthrie. These "folk revivalists" became more politically aware in their music than those of the previous generation. The American Folk Revival was beginning to take place, focused on the issues of the day, such as the civil rights movement and free speech movement
Tributes English anti-folk musician Billy Bragg is one of several artists influenced by Guthrie. He and rock band Wilco recorded two albums worth of new music containing his previously unpublished lyrics. Since his death, artists have paid tribute to Guthrie by covering his songs or by dedicating songs to him
Posthumous honorsGuthrie has continued to remain popular .decades after his death; this mural waspainted in his hometown of Okemah in1994.