What Would Woody Guthrie Think of America On His 99th Birthday?

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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 out of work and where the job is or
who’s broke and where the money is or
who’s carrying a gun and where the peace is.
– Woody Guthrie

American folk music legend Woody Guthrie would have celebrated his 99th birthday this year. If he were alive today, what would he think of the state of America?

Would he be proud we elected our first ever African-American president in 2008? Would he be appalled that these fake revolutionaries flying under a tea party banner would be about to overturn that election with a river of dirty money and a pack of lies? Would he be engaged in the movement to highlight the 99% vs. the 1%?

You bet ya.


The GRAMMY Museum, in conjunction with Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives, launched of Woody100.com for the Woody Guthrie Centennial Tribute in 2012.

“The influence of Woody Guthrie and his music continues to be felt worldwide,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. “As we look forward to celebrating Guthrie’s 100th birthday throughout 2012, new events will be announced on a weekly basis. Fans everywhere will be able to utilize the Woody100 site as the official hub of all things Guthrie.”

Born July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma, Guthrie is considered to be one the most influential folk singers of all time. Many of his songs have become folk song standards, and have been performed in many languages throughout the world. Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures of Plenty, Hard Travelin’, Deportees, Roll on Columbia, Vigilante Man and This Land Is Your Land are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music and beyond.

The Woody Guthrie Centennial celebration kicked off in February 2012 and celebrated Guthrie’s extraordinary body of work and impact on American music. Unique in scope, the year-long celebration will include a host of tribute concerts, educational curricula, lectures, conferences, a touring exhibition, new releases, grassroots hootenannies and more.

The official Website is at WoodyGuthrie.org.

© 2012, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.

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