a feeling in music and it carries you back down the road you have
traveled and makes you travel it again. Sometimes when I hear
music I think back over my days - and a feeling that is fifty-fifty
joy and pain swells like clouds taking all kinds of shapes in
Music is in all the sounds of nature and there never was a sound
that was not music - the splash of an alligator, the rain dripping
on dry leaves, the whistle of a train, a long and lonesome train
whistling down, a truck horn blowing at a street corner speaker
- kids squawling along the streets - the silent wail of wind and
sky caressing the breasts of the desert.
Life is this sound, and since creation has been a song. And there
is no real trick of creating words to set to music, once you realize
that the word is the music and the people are the song." - Source: Excerpts,
1942 datebook, Pastures
of Plenty, pg 105.
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Land Is Your Land: Asch Recordings, Vol. 1
by Lester Balog
Ain’t Dead Yet"
lived through some of the most significant historic movements and
events of the Twentieth-Century --the Great Depression, the Great
Dust Storm, World War II, the social and the political upheavals
resulting from Unionism, the Communist Party and the Cold War--
Woody absorbed it all to become a prolific writer whose songs, ballads,
prose and poetry captured the plight of everyman. While traveling
throughout the American landscape during the 1930s, '40s, and '50s,
Woody's observations of what he saw and experienced has left for
us a lasting and sometimes haunting legacy of images, sounds, and
voices of the marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed people
with whom he struggled to survive despite all odds. Although the
corpus of original Woody Guthrie songs, or as Woody preferred "people's
songs" are, perhaps, his most recognized contribution to American
culture, the stinging honesty, humor, and wit found even in his
most vernacular prose writings exhibit Woody's fervent belief in
social, political, and spiritual justice.
1996, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western
Reserve University presented a ten day celebration honoring Woody
Guthrie, entitled Hard Travelin'. It was the first major
conference on the legacy of Woody Guthrie complete with a photo
exhibition, lectures, films, and two benefit concerts, which were
held in support of the Woody Guthrie Archives.
Guthrie has been recognized for his monumental contributions and
achievements in American culture. He has been the recipient of prestigious
awards both from governmental departments and private arts organizations.
Department of the Interior, Conservation Service Award 1966
National Songwriters' Hall of Fame inductee 1970
The Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame inductee 1977
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum inductee 1988
North American Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award 1996
Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Lifetime Achievement
Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee 2006