13 Jul 2012
Tomorrow is the centenary of folk legend Woody Guthrie. Born
in Oklahoma on 14th July 1912, Woody discovered music at a young age. He formed
his first band in Texas before hitting the road to California to find work. This
journey provided the inspiration for his Dust Bowl Ballads, and led to a lifelong identification with the
'A folk song is what's wrong and how to fix it, or it could be, who's hungry and where their mouth is, or, who's broke and where the money is, or, who's carrying a gun and where the peace is.' - Woody Guthrie
His songs and social commentary found him fame, first on the radio and then, in New York, where he recorded throughout the 1940s. In his lifetime, Guthrie travelled across the US, served in World War II, wrote 3 novels (and a wealth of unpublished material) and fathered 8 children, including musician Arlo Guthrie.
Woody Guthrie helped establish folk music as a genre, laying the foundations for future generations. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Greenbriar Boys and Phil Ochs visited Woody in the hospital before his death on October 3, 1967, and continue his legacy today.
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