Woody Guthrie

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Woody Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912 in Okemah,Oklahoma. Woody had a rough life moving from house to house do to constant fires. He lost his sister and mother at a young age. During his freetime Woody wrote songs about the hardships of the Great Depression and his life. Woody married his first wife Mary Jennings on Oct.28,1933. During his many years at KFVD radio station Woody wrote songs such as "This land is your land" and "Talking Dust Bowl"In the 1950s he experienced bouts of irrational behavior and was often unable to play his guitar; his condition was ultimately diagnosed as Huntington's Disease. The rest of that decade and into the 1960s a new generation, notably including Bob Dylan, who began to discover and play his music, adapting some of it to the new Civil Rights movement. Woody Guthrie died on Oct.3, 1967

July 14 1912- Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was born1927 Woody’s father, Charley Guthrie is injured in fire28-Oct-33 Woody marries Mary Jennings in Pampa, Texas14-Apr-35 The "Great Dust Storm" in Pampa Texas1936 Woody begins traveling the Southwest, visits California for the first time1937 Woody gets a radio show on station KFVD with cousin Jack Guthrie, and later Maxine "Lefty Lou" Crissman1939 Woody quits KFVD-May-1945 Woody is inducted into US ArmyDec-1945 Woody is discharged from the army16-Sept-1954 Woody checks himself into Brooklyn State Hospital; spends most of the next seven years there1957 Woody is physically unable to write, type or play the guitarJan-1961 Bob Dylan comes to Greystone and meets Woody1964 Woody is physically unable to walk; confined to bed1965 Woody is physically unable to speak3-Oct-1967 Woody Guthrie dies

Lasting Impact

Woody Guthrie




Famous songs"This land is your land""Talking Dust Bowl""House of the rising sun""Pastures of Plenty""Deportee""Hard Travlin""Pretty Boy Floyd"

Woody Guthrie is an inspiration to manyfamous singers such as Bruce Springstein and Pete Seeger. Woody still lived on through the Mermaid Avenue recordings of Wilco and Billy Bragg. He inspired songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Billy Bragg, Joan Baez, Tom Morello, and countless others.

Book: "Ramblin Man " the life and times of Woody Guthrie by: Ed CrayThis book gave great details on Woody's life and accomplishments. There were many joyous but also heartbraking events that occured in Woody's lifetime.



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