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This Land Was Made for You and Me

The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie

Elizabeth Patridge

From the author's website:
Before Springsteen and before Dylan, there was Woody Guthrie. With "This Machine Kills Fascists," scrawled across his guitar in big black letters, Woody Guthrie brilliantly captured in song the experience of twentieth-century America. Whether he sang about union organizers, migrant workers, or war, Woody took his inspiration from the plight of the people around him as well as from his own tragic childhood.

From the late 1920s to the 1950s, Guthrie wrote the words to more than three thousand songs, including "This Land Is Your Land," a song many call America's unofficial national anthem. With a remarkable ability to turn any experience into a song almost instantaneously, Woody Guthrie spoke out for people of all colors and races, setting an example for generations of musicians to come. But Woody didn't have the chance to find everything he was looking for. He was ravaged by Huntington's disease, just like his mother, and died in a mental institution at the age of fifty-five.

Among many other awards and nominations, this was a National Book Award Finalist

"This outstanding biography belongs in every library collection, large or small. Partridge has written a fascinating portrait not only of the man, but also of the historical upheavals that shaped his life and were captured and reflected in his songs... readers are left with an overwhelming sense of the remarkable creativity and productivity of those years and its enduring legacy for future generations."

--School Library Journal; Spring 2002 Starred review

Page Count 224
Part of a Series? No
Age Level 9 — up
 

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