Woody Guthrie, American Radical (Will Kaufman)

Woody Guthrie, American Radical (Will Kaufman) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Biography section. priced at £8.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

Urbana, Chicago & Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2011, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; List of sources;

From the cover: Woody Guthrie, American Radical reclaims the politically radical profile of Americas greatest balladeer. Although he achieved a host of national honours and adorns U. S. postage stamps, and although his song This Land Is Your Land is often considered the nations second national anthem, Woody Guthrie committed his life to the radical struggle.

Will Kaufman traces Guthries political awakening and activism throughout the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, the Civil Rights struggle, and the poi-son of McCarthyism. He examines Guthries role in the development of a workers culture in the context of radical activism spearheaded by the Communist Party of the USA, the Popular Front, and the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Kaufman also establishes Guthries significance in the perpetuation of cultural front objectives into the era of the New Left and beyond, particularly through his influence on the American and international protest song movement. Utilizing a wealth of previously unseen archival materials such as letters, song lyrics, essays, personal reflections, and other manuscripts, Woody Guthrie, American Radical introduces a heretofore unknown Woody Guthrie: the canny political strategist, fitful thinker, and cultural front activist practically buried in the general publics romantic celebration of the Dust Bowl Troubadour.

In the Music in American Life series.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Black boards with Orange titling to the Spine. [XXV] 270 pages. Index. 9¼” x 6¼”.

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