Woody Guthrie by William Calloway
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Woody Guthrie - Jesus Christ

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Dear Mr. Guthrie

            I am a Hobo living in a Hooverville because of the Dustbowl. After the Dust storms came It killed a significant amount of my crops, especially my high yielding ones that I invest the most money upon. My 15 year old daughter has became a victim of the dust and has been diagnosed with mesophelioma. Her lungs make it very difficult for her to breath. The other day I was able to embezzle a radio from one of the box carts at the nearby railroad next to my hooverville. The hit song  you recently released “This land is your land” gives me confidence and encourages me to keep my head up everyday. Your music has impacted my life in such a positive way and I thank you for that. Before I die I would love to see u in concert or play on a stage. When I listen to “Dust Bowl Blues” It feels as if you are talking directly to me! It describes how I am feeling and some of the things Ive been through and how I got to where I am in this damn Hooverville.

            “ I just blowed in, and I got them dust bowl blues, I guess you’ve heard about ev’ry kind of blues, Ive seen the dust so black hat I couldn’t see a thing.” When I first heard these lyrics it gave me a sudden flashback of back when my daughter was outside while I was cooking us a meal. I ran outside in the mouth of the dust storm to get her and it felt as if it devoured us. I still thank God till this day that we are still alive. Speaking of God your song “Jesus Christ” is very grand. I was in dier need of a song like that. God has kept me and my daughter alive during this depression and I give him thanks for it everyday that I am still here on this earth. “ He gave money to the poor, but still they lay Jesus in his Grave” This song encourages me to keep my faith.

            Music so far these days has not been as in touch with reality as yours. That’s why I enjoy listening to your lyrics so much because I can relate to them in a way that makes me feel splendid.

            Living this life during this depression is so hard. I often have to stay up at night to be on the lookout in for other hobos and thieves that try to steal what we have even though we have so little. I plan to take everything that I have along with my daughter and make my way to the hoover dam project that is under way. I will get there under any circumstances even if it means hitch hiking, riding illegally on the train, grand theft auto, or simply walking. I am determined to give myself and daughter a more comfortable life. Before this depression I was a wealthy man with all of my money invested in the stock market. Now im only wealthy in spirit and faith. I hope to somehow go and vote for the up and coming president Velt. I listened to his speech on the radio and he is just what this country needs. I enjoy listening to him speak just as much as I adore tuning in to your music. You are the only artist of the the 1930’s decade that has such astonishing lyrics in my opinion. I really hope to meet you one day and it would be the best thing in the world if you were to help  me on my journey to the hoover dam project. The song “ Ezekial saw the wheel” changes the way that I view the story in the bible of him. “Ezekial saw the wheel hurling way up in the middle if the air.” I really am impressed with your knowledge of the bible and I think you should put a message from the bible in every song. It makes good punch lines! I just want to thank you once again for brightening up my day with your music. It feels like it was just yesterday I had to give up my home on that farm back in Oklahoma because of the lack of good crops I had as a result of the dust storms. Your music reminds me to thank God everyday for the survival of my daughter and I know he will make a way for us to live. Weather it be a job at the hooverdam, getting my crops back, becoming a alcohol distributer or whatever. I appreciate everything and just being here and I know that when Roosevelt steps foot in the white house it will reset our economy and help us get back on track. Please vote for him.

 

                        Sincerely Yours

Depression Victim

            

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Primary Document #3 Woody Guthrie & Summary

Primary Document #3 Woody Guthrie & Summary | Woody Guthrie by William Calloway | Scoop.it
Regarding guitar playing, Woody Guthrie once said, "If you play more than two chords, you're show... All the music you want on your phone, the web, and everywhere in between.
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Willie Calloway's comment, January 31, 2013 8:41 AM
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was a Okemah Oklahoma born local who’s father was a cowboy and his mother was inclined to music. He lost his sister at a young age and it was said that he never would want to speak of it. In 1920 Okemah was transformed into a campground for oil miners so his family was on the road more than the average person back then. In 1931 went to Texas to live in a rundown town called pampa and married a women by the name of Mary Jennings which was his friends sister Matt Jennings. With Matt Jennings and Cluster Baker they assembled the group “Corn Cob Trio”. The Great Depression put him through lots of hardships and countless situations that he had to endure. One of them was getting to California. He Hitch-hiked, rode freight trains, and even walked to get to where he wanted to go.
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Topic Website 2 Woody Guthrie - About Woody Guthrie | American Masters | PBS

Topic Website 2       Woody Guthrie - About Woody Guthrie | American Masters | PBS | Woody Guthrie by William Calloway | Scoop.it
Woody Guthrie, an indifferent guitar player who was a country singer-songwriter being controversial in his music as well as his life.
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Woody Guthrie Song and vocabulary from his songs

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Willie Calloway's insight:

“Take it easy, but take it.” 

 

“This machine kills fascists.” 

 

“If you walk across my camera I will flash the world your story.” 

 

“Anyone who uses more than two chords is just showing off.” 

 

“All of you cowboys, fight for your land.

 

“I know the police cause you trouble
They cause trouble everywhere
But when you die and go to heaven
You find no policeman there

 

“The world is filled with people who are no longer needed -- and who try to make slaves of all of us -- and they have their music and we have ours.” 

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Primary Document #1 Welcome to the Official Woody Guthrie Website

Primary Document #1 Welcome to the Official Woody Guthrie Website | Woody Guthrie by William Calloway | Scoop.it
Official Woody Guthrie web site with biography, lyrics, artwork, the Woody Guthrie Foundation, the Woody Guthrie Archives, news and events, and educational programs.
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Topic Website 1 Woody Guthrie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists displayed on his guitar. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land." Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress.[1] Such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, Jeff Tweedy and Tom Paxton have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.

Many of his songs are about his experiences in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression when Guthrie traveled with migrant workers from Oklahoma to California and learned their traditional folk and blues songs, earning him the nickname the "Dust Bowl Troubadour."[2] Throughout his life Guthrie was associated with United States Communist groups, though he was seemingly not a member of any.[3]

Guthrie was married three times and fathered eight children, including American folk musician Arlo Guthrie. Guthrie died from complications of Huntington's disease, a progressive genetic neurological disorder. During his later years, in spite of his illness, Guthrie served as a figurehead in the folk movement, providing inspiration to a generation of new folk musicians, including mentor relationships with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan.

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Current Event 1 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

Current Event 1        Woody Guthrie Folk Festival | Woody Guthrie by William Calloway | Scoop.it
The 16th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival will be held July 10th - 14th to commemorate the life and music of Woody Guthrie. The festival is held in Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma
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Current Event 2 The Problem With Folk Music Today | Musicgoat

Current Event 2       The Problem With Folk Music Today | Musicgoat | Woody Guthrie by William Calloway | Scoop.it
It seems that now and again, there is always a musician who is doing his or her leg work, playing endless streams of shows and creating heavy buzz through word-of-mouth news. Yet, someway they happen to remain out of radar.
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