Woody Guthrie, American radical
Kaufman, Will, author.

Woody Guthrie, American radical

Kaufman, Will, author.


Personal Author
Kaufman, Will, author.

Physical Description
xxv, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Music in American life
Music in American life.

Awakenings -- Hard-hitting songs for hard-hit people -- Almanac days -- Union war -- Lonesome radical soul -- Long road to Peekskill -- The last free place in America -- Conclusion: The miners and the mill.

Although Joe Klein's Woody Guthrie and Ed Cray's Ramblin' Man capture Woody Guthrie's freewheeling personality and his empathy for the poor and downtrodden, Kaufman is the first to portray in detail Guthrie's commitment to political radicalism, especially communism. Drawing on previously unseen letters, song lyrics, essays, and interviews with family and friends, Kaufman traces Guthrie's involvement in the workers' movement and his development of protest songs. He portrays Guthrie as a committed and flawed human immersed in political complexity and harrowing personal struggle. Since most of the stories in Kaufman's appreciative portrait will be familiar to readers interested in Guthrie, it is best for those who know little about the singer to read first his autobiography, Bound for Glory, or as a next read after American Radical.

Personal Subject
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967.
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967-Political and social views.

Subject Term
Folk singers -- United States -- Biography.
Radicals -- United States -- Biography.

LibraryMaterial TypeItem BarcodeCall NumberShelf LocationStatus
University LibraryBook0357384ML410.G978 K38 2011Central Campus LibraryCentral Campus Library