Thursday, July 13, 2006

Guthrie biopic full of contradictions

Guthrie docu full of contradictions

A not so well written article -- but has interesting information regarding an upcoming(?) biopic about Woody Guthrie and a little about the connection between Steinbeck and Guthrie. I've also added a link to the LoCs Woody Guthrie Archives online.

...Maybe we could have guessed that, but Guthrie -- not shown -- hitchhiked into the middle of it and a few years later made use of it to help him write "The Ballad of Tom Joad," based on the great John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath," about the storm victims heading west.


When publishing was in the offing, Woody "just sat down and started typing," Pete Seeger recalls, "and in a couple of hours typed out all the words for 'Tom Joad.' He finished and went to sleep on the floor."

"That little guy got my book in 17 stanzas," Steinbeck said later. "It took me two years to write it."

Library of Congress
folklorist Alan Lomax saw in Guthrie a musical Will Rogers, "a real authentic American voice who could fake it and make it sound like a real country song."...

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