Woody Guthrie

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Legal name: Woodrow Wilson Guthrie


Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (/ˈɡʌθri/; July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter and musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan This machine kills fascists displayed on his guitar. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land". Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress. Songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Hunter, Harry Chapin, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Andy Irvine, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, Jerry Garcia, Jay Farrar, Bob Weir, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Childers and Tom Paxton have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.

Many of his songs are about his experiences in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression when he traveled with displaced farmers from Oklahoma to California and learned their traditional folk and blues songs, earning him the nickname the "Dust Bowl Troubadour". Throughout his life Guthrie was associated with United States Communist groups, though he was seemingly not a member of any.

Guthrie was married three times and fathered eight children, including American folk musician Arlo Guthrie. Guthrie died from complications of Huntington's disease, a progressive genetic neurological disorder. During his later years, in spite of his illness, Guthrie served as a figurehead in the folk movement, providing inspiration to a generation of new folk musicians, including mentor relationships with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1940 Dust Bowl Ballads Woody Guthrie 5
1964 Library of Congress Recordings Woody Guthrie 3
1967 This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie 1
1976 Struggle Woody Guthrie 2
1991 Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child Woody Guthrie 1
1994 Long Ways to Travel: The Unreleased Folkways Masters, 1944-1949 Woody Guthrie 1
1996 Ballads of Sacco & Vanzetti Woody Guthrie 1
2002 This Land Is Your Land Woody & Arlo Guthrie 1
2004 Pastures of Plenty Woody Guthrie 1
2004 Dusty Bowl Ballads Woody Guthrie 4 1
Nursery Days Woody Guthrie 1

Album + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs Woody Guthrie 3
1964 Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs, Volume Two Woody Guthrie 1
1988 Columbia River Collection Woody Guthrie 1
1988 Folkways: A Vision Revisited Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly & Pete Seeger 2
1991 Worried Man Blues Woody Guthrie 1
1992 The Very Best of Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie 1
1995 A Legendary Performer Woody Guthrie 1
1997 This Land Is Your Land Woody & Arlo Guthrie 1
1997 The Asch Recordings, Volume 1: This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie 1
1997 The Asch Recordings, Volume 2: Muleskinner Blues Woody Guthrie 1
1998 The Asch Recordings, Volume 3: Hard Travellin' Woody Guthrie 1
1999 The Asch Recordings, Volumes 1-4 Woody Guthrie 1
1999 The Asch Recordings, Volume 4: Buffalo Skinners Woody Guthrie 1
2000 Ramblin' Round Woody Guthrie 1
2001 House of the Rising Sun Woody Guthrie 1
2002 Hard Travellin' Woody Guthrie 2
2003 The Woody Guthrie Story Woody Guthrie 1
2003 900 Miles Woody Guthrie 1
2003 Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie 1
2004 A Proper Introduction to Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie 1
2006 The Essential Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Balladeer Woody Guthrie 1
2006 Some Folk Woody Guthrie 1
2006 The First Rays of Protest in the Twentieth Century Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie 1
2007 Hard Travelin' Man Woody Guthrie 1
2007 The Beginning Woody Guthrie 1
2007 The Ultimate Collection Woody Guthrie 1
2008 This Machine Kills Fascists Woody Guthrie 1
2008 Original Folk: The Best of Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie 1
2009 My Dusty Road Woody Guthrie 2
2012 100th Anniversary Collection Woody Guthrie 1
2013 American Radical Patriot Woody Guthrie 1
Cowboy Songs Woody Guthrie 1
Immortal Woody Guthrie Golden Classics, Part Two Woody Guthrie 1
The Best of the War Years Woody Guthrie 1
The Greatest Songs of Woody Guthrie, Volume 1 Woody Guthrie 1
The Very Best of Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie 1
Woody Guthrie: The Early Years Woody Guthrie 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 Live Wire Woody Guthrie 1

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