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Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art * Words and Wisdom

Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art * Words and Wisdom

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Woody Guthrie

Songs and Art • Words and Wisdom

“You could listen to his songs and actually learn how to live.”—Bob Dylan

“I think he must have been a genius.”—Jimi Hendrix

“The thing that Woody Guthrie left behind to me was a sense of the poetry of ordinary lives.”—Bono

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) was a powerful voice for justice and the author of 3,000 songs including “This Land Is Your Land”. He was also a poet, painter, illustrator, novelist, journal keeper, profuse letter writer, and philosopher. He wrote powerfully about economic inequality, immigration reform, anti-fascism, war, corruption from unbridled capitalism, patriotism, environmentalism, as well as spirituality of all kinds, love, and family. Curated by his daughter Nora Guthrie and music historian Robert Santelli, this fresh, intimate, and vibrantly visual book brings Woody's story to life.

Unprecedented access to his music and work

Never-before-published lyrics

Includes over 90 handwritten and typed lyrics to classic and well-known songs, as well as numerous letters, notes, and musings from his journals and notebooks.

Images from the archives

Features rare artwork, illustrated pages, and personal photos from his time in the military, on the road, with family and other musicians.

Featured contributors

Douglas Brinkley, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Jeff Daniels, Ani DiFranco, and Arlo Guthrie share their thoughts on his life and work.
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