Bound for Glory

Bound for Glory

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First published in 1943, this autobiography is also a superb portrait of America's Depression years, by the folk singer, activist, and man who saw it all.

Woody Guthrie was born in Oklahoma and traveled this whole country over--not by jet or motorcycle, but by boxcar, thumb, and foot. During the journey of discovery that was his life, he composed and sang words and music that have become a national heritage. His songs, however, are but part of his legacy. Behind him Woody Guthrie left a remarkable autobiography that vividly brings to life both his vibrant personality and a vision of America we cannot afford to let die.

"Even readers who never heard Woody or his songs will understand the current esteem in which he's held after reading just a few pages... Always shockingly immediate and real, as if Woody were telling it out loud... A book to make novelists and sociologists jealous."
-- The Nation
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 1983, c1943.
ISBN: 9780452264458
0452264456
9780452254831
0452254833
Branch Call Number: LPLB84200

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lukasevansherman
Jan 14, 2014

"The hard-driving, truth-telling autobiography of America's great poet-folk singer." That's the somewhat ostentatious subtitle. "Autobiography" should be taken with a grain of salt, as there are some fictionalized parts, but what is more American than fudging bits of your history (Guthrie acolyte Dylan learned a thing or two about this)? Guthrie's impact on an entire generation of folk musicians can't be overstated and those who are familiar with his music will enjoy this account of his Oklahoma childhood, his tramp-like travels around the country and his early music career. Other books you might enjoy: "The Grapes of Wrath," Charles Willeford's "I Was Looking for a Street" and "On the Road." Made into a film with David Carradine.

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