DOWNLOAD: Woody Guthrie on BOX: https://berkeley.box.com/s/ivaxn1cuzyz6y23xra0m
|Bound for Glory, cover, 1943|
Also: Read this key chapter in John Szwed (Alan Lomax bio): Bohemian Folklorist (exploring the question of folksongs in the city), pps.141-167, particularly the section on Woody Guthrie in New York, pps. 157-167. Posted on iDocs: http://www.idoc.co/read/45760/alan-lomax-john-szwed/1
SONGS: Here are the main songs for this week (all in your tan songsheets). They're ALL good songs to sing...
we can also do
Do Re Mi
So Long It's Been Good to Know You (Dusty Old Dust)
Talking Dust Bowl Blues
Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It's Been Good To Know You)
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Dust Bowl Blues
Blowin' Down The Road (I Ain't Going To Be Treated This Way)
Tom Joad - Part I
Pastures Of Plenty
Tom Joad - Part II
Do Re Mi
Dust Bowl Refugee
Roll On Columbia
This Land Is Your Land
When That Great Ship Went Down
|Woody Guthrie, Alan Lomax,and friends, New York, early 1940s|
Woody Guthrie performing, film fragment
This Machine Kills Fascists (A short Summary of the Year 1941). Sets Woody Guthrie's work in a historical context--what he (and his peers) were dealing with in the world. Good visuals...
This Land Is Your Land. Woody Guthrie's own version
Bob Dylan - (Rare The Minneapolis Party Tape) - This Land Is Your Land - YouTube
The Bob Dylan's version I wanted you to hear is no longer on YouTube (although I'm sure you can find it elsewhere). The one above (even earlier, from Minneapolis in 1961, will give you a good idea of how he did the song.)
Red River Valley. Woody Guthrie, early Asche recording. Compare with out S&P version (The Texian Boys, who were--in case it's not been mentioned--John Lomax and friends. I consider the Lomax version classic in terms of the meaning of the lyrics--one of our most beautiful songs. Woody Guthrie's version is sprightlier. Why do you think this is so?
|Woody Guthrie's family, Okemah, Oklahoma|
QUESTIONS: As with Leadbelly, there's a lot of social history in Woody Guthrie's songs--and in his life (he was born in Okemah, Oklahoma and grew up with the music of that place--it was in him all throughout his life, even as he moved into and through MANY other social and artistic worlds. This is probably the key thing to consider: Woody Guthrie's heritage--and his life--as giving form to his songs. How did he become "a spokesman for the common man?" (Oklahoman, vagabond, hobo, musical wanderer, hollywood radio show host, then new york, the recordings with moe asche (founder of folkways records), friendships with leadbelly, sonny terry & brownie mcgee and cisco huston, plus his influence on pete seeger (who loved the music, but didn't come from woody's "real" country background) and other subsequent "folk singers." And I left out his career in the Merchant Marine (his ship was torpedoed in the Atlantic during WWII) and the songs that came from that...plus his drawings and paintings...AND his jaunty autobiography (Bound for Glory).