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Woody Guthrie 100 AnniversaryA hundred years ago today one of Americas greatest songwriters was born.  , Woodrow Wilson ‘Woody’ Guthrie was a musician and poet who traveled the land during the great depression, hitching rides on trains and living rough in hobo jungles. He wrote about the things he saw, the injustice and inequality, and his songs captured the harsh reality behind the ‘American Dream’.The words of his songs still hit you like a hammer with their clarity and truth. Why is this man not a national hero and taught in schools ? He was the artist a young Bob Dylan idolized and based his whole early style on.  In ‘This Land is Your Land’, which should arguably be the USA’s national anthem, Guthrie is saying very clearly that the land, America, belongs to the people.It doesn’t belong to millionaires or greedy corporations. Nobody has the right to own vast chunks of the country and its wealth. Everyone deserves a fair share of its riches and prosperity. This is as true in America today as when Woody Guthrie wrote the song 70-odd years ago but it’s still as far out of reach as ever.More about Woody here if you’re interested

elledark:

Woody Guthrie 100 Anniversary

A hundred years ago today one of Americas greatest songwriters was born.  , Woodrow Wilson ‘Woody’ Guthrie was a musician and poet who traveled the land during the great depression, hitching rides on trains and living rough in hobo jungles. He wrote about the things he saw, the injustice and inequality, and his songs captured the harsh reality behind the ‘American Dream’.

The words of his songs still hit you like a hammer with their clarity and truth. Why is this man not a national hero and taught in schools ? He was the artist a young Bob Dylan idolized and based his whole early style on.  In ‘This Land is Your Land’, which should arguably be the USA’s national anthem, Guthrie is saying very clearly that the land, America, belongs to the people.

It doesn’t belong to millionaires or greedy corporations. Nobody has the right to own vast chunks of the country and its wealth. Everyone deserves a fair share of its riches and prosperity. This is as true in America today as when Woody Guthrie wrote the song 70-odd years ago but it’s still as far out of reach as ever.

More about Woody here if you’re interested

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