Guthrie sang stories about everyday life in America - things people actually did and thought about and worried about and accomplished, writes KIM RUEHL
What Woody Guthrie did
For a guy so focused on giving voice to the speechless, his inability to communicate toward the end of his life must have been a special kind of suffering. Indeed, Guthrie died in 1967 after a long battle with Huntington’s disease. But the way he approached his work - the regard he had for the stories, his emphasis on the common life lived in earnest, the importance of the average person just getting through their day and the strength we all possess to change something if we can change our own minds - all this became the standard for being a folksinger in America.
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Image: Woody Guthrie playing and singing for patrons of Mcsorley’s Bar, Photograph by Eric Schaal (Credit)