Labor book for the week of December 2, 2013
Woody Guthrie: A Life
By Joe Klein
American folksinger and political activist Woodie Guthrie contributed much to the American labor movement, not the least of which were his classic songs "Union Maid" and "This Land Is Your Land." This is perhaps his best-ever biography, now reissued in paperback and with a new afterword by bestselling author Joe Klein (Primary Colors, The Running Mate). It is an easy-to-read, honest description of Guthrie’s life, from a childhood of poverty to a youth spent "bummin’ around" to an adulthood of music and organizing—and a life cut short by incurable disease. His life and work inspired millions while he lived and continues to this day through musicians such as his son Arlo, Bob Dylan—who as a teenager visited and sang for Guthrie as death approached—friend and associate Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few. Guthrie is portrayed as he was—an imperfect being but one with a gift that helped millions as they struggled toward better lives.
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