5:45 – 7:45 pm
Singer and political activist Woody Guthrie believed that music should be used as a tool for social change and wrote more than 1,200 songs, including the unofficial American national anthem, “This Land Is Your Land.” In honor of his centenary (he was born in 1912), we will concentrate on the role Guthrie played in the American folk music revival and, in particular, his contribution to the protest song.
June Sawyers is the author of Bob Dylan: New York and taught “‘The Country I Come from Is Called the Midwest’: Bob Dylan and the American Song Tradition” at the Newberry in 2009.
Cray, Ed. Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie. Norton, 2006. ISBN: 0393327361
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Five sessions, $150