Few artists have captured the American experience of their time as wholly
as folk legend Woody Guthrie. Singer, songwriter, and political activist, Guthrie
drew a lifetime of inspiration from his roots on the Oklahoma frontier
in the years before the Great Depression.
His music — scathingly funny songs and poignant folk
ballads — made heard the unsung life of field hands,
migrant workers, and union organizers, and showed it worthy of tribute.
Though his career was tragically cut short by the onset of
a degenerative disease that ravaged his mind and body, the legacy of
his life and music had already made him an American cultural icon, and has
resounded with every generation of musician and music lover since.
About the Author
In this definitive biography, Joe Klein, nationally renowned journalist and
author of the bestselling novel Primary Colors, creates an unforgettable portrait
of a man as gifted, restless, and complicated as the American landscape
he came from.