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  1. Woodrow Wilson Guthrie ( / ˈɡʌθri /; July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter and composer who was one of the most significant figures in American folk music. His work focused on themes of American socialism and anti-fascism. He inspired several generations both politically and musically with songs such as "This ...

  2. Mar 21, 2004 · Woody Guthrie, a contradictory man who vexed his family and his closest friends as much as he challenged the authorities—“I can’t stand him when he’s around,” Pete Seeger, his friend and ...

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    Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was born July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma. He was the third of five children, and both his parents were interested in music. The town of Okemah was only about ten years old, recently settled by transplants who brought musical traditions and instruments with them. As a child, Guthrie heard church music, songs from the Appala...

    His arrival in the big city in February 1940 sparked a burst of creativity. Staying at the Hanover House, a small hotel near Times Square, he wrote down, on February 23, 1940, the lyrics for what would become his most famous song, "This Land Is Your Land." The song had been in his head as he'd traveled across the country. The song "God Bless Americ...

    In the spring of 1940, while based in New York, Guthrie traveled to the Victor Records studio in Camden, New Jersey. He recorded a collection of songs he had written about the Dust Bowl and the "Okies" of the Great Depression who had left the devastated farmlands of the Midwest for a grueling trip to California. The resulting album (folios of 78-rp...

    Despite his success, Guthrie was restless in New York City. In a new car he'd been able to purchase, he drove his family back to Los Angeles, where he discovered work was scarce. He took a job for the federal government, for a New Deal agencyin the Pacific Northwest, the Bonneville Power Administration. Guthrie was paid $266 to interview workers on...

    Based in New York as the city began to mobilize for war following the Pearl Harbor attack, Guthrie began writing songs supporting the American war effort and denouncing fascism. Photographs of him taken during this period often show him playing a guitar with the sign on it: "This Machine Kills Fascists." During the war years he wrote a memoir, Boun...

    Guthrie remarried and had more children. But his life took a dark turn when he began to be afflicted with the onset of Huntington's chorea, the hereditary disease which had killed his mother. As the disease attacks brain cells, the effects are profound. Guthrie slowly lost his ability to control his muscles, and had to be hospitalized. As a new gen...

    "Guthrie, Woody." UXL Encyclopedia of World Biography, edited by Laura B. Tyle, vol. 5, UXL, 2003, pp. 838-841. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
    "Guthrie, Woody." Great Depression and the New Deal Reference Library, edited by Allison McNeill, et al., vol. 2: Biographies, UXL, 2003, pp. 88-94. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
    "Guthrie, Woody 1912–1967." Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, edited by Mary Ruby, vol. 256, Gale, 2014, pp. 170-174. Gale Virtual Reference Library.
  4. Guthrie chooses to live in the ramshackle gang fort that he helped build with his friends. He earns money by scrounging through garbage heaps, finding bits and pieces of scraps to sell to the junk man. He also works at odd jobs such as washing spittoons and shining shoes.

  5. Apr 23, 2001 · Born Woodrow Wilson Guthrie on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma, he learned harmonica as a child and by age 16 began his life as an itinerant musician. By the early 1940s, he was associated with other folkies of the era including Cisco Houston, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and co-founded the Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger, Lee ...

  6. Jul 14, 2023 · This influence largely began from a perilous place. Guthrie married for the first time aged 20 and quickly found himself the father of three. It became an epic struggle to support this young family when the Dust Bowl descended. So, like many others he fled to California in search of work. This was a fortunate move.

  7. Jul 16, 2020 · Around this time, Woody Guthrie also met Pete Seeger at a benefit concert for farm workers organized by John Steinbeck, and the two became lifelong friends. Guthrie joined Seeger’s newly formed folk-protest group the Almanac Singers, first writing “peace” songs, and then moving on to anti-fascist songs after the surprise Nazi invasion of ...

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