Woody Guthrie wrote of freedom . . . when was this written? 1930-something? [1941, it turns out.]
This film must be at least ten years old, maybe more. The song is more than 60 years old [71 years — from 1941].
It’s still a powerful indictment of corporate greed, heartless and oppressive immigration policies, and it’s a case for a strong labor movement.
Be sure you vote in the November 6 elections. Sing this song on the way to the polls.
- Woody Guthrie’s 100th birth anniversary came earlier in 2012
- The post in which the comments got me thinking about this song, about the farm disaster in apples in 2012 (oddly, a bumper crop in a few places cannot stave off higher prices and disaster elsewhere); see comments with two Woody Guthrie songs
- Bragging rights for the poor (theage.com.au)
- Woody Guthrie Was No Dumb Okie (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- Jackson Browne to celebrate Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (troubadourtribune.com)
- Photos: A tribute to Woody Guthrie (wvgazette.com)
- Ron Radosh on the Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert (maverickphilosopher.typepad.com)
- Folk hero Woody Guthrie and the lost Clyde tribute (scotsman.com)
- “A song for our times: Pete and Arlo sing Woody (Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub)
- “We remember: Reuben James sunk October 31, 1941″ (Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub)
- Kingston Trio’s 1961 version