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Product description No Description Available.Genre: Folk MusicMedia Format: Compact DiskRating: Release Date: 20-JUN-1989 In was in March 1940 that Alan Lomax, then a young folklorist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., brought Woody Guthrie into a recording studio at the Department of the Interior. What emerged from three days of sessions is one of the purest documents of Americana ever released. Originally appearing as a three-LP set, this collection of “songs and conversation” features Guthrie classics such as “Do Re Mi,” “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “They Laid Jesus Christ in His Grave,” and “I Ain’t Got No Home.” Interspersed are autobiographical reminiscences of his boyhood in Oklahoma and his freight-train-riding hobo days as well as his biting, wry observations of the effects on the common man of everything from the Depression to crooked politicians. That the U.S. government paid for this is as ironic as it is miraculous. –Billy Altman




Library of Congress Recordings Review


This is a great CD as far as the music and Woody’s comments about his life and his songs. The interviewer, Alan Lomax, is difficult to hear, probably due to the placement of the microphone. I am glad that I bought the CD. -Read Reviews-

This will knock the socks of any Woody Guthrie fans. .Guaranteed!! Woody himself is an American treasure;and any folk or traditional music lover will know that he was one of a kind and one of the best. Woody was born on June 14,1912. Many think he came from a poor background,but that was not the case. He was part of a large family and his father was quite well to do. His father had just built a large 16 room house . Shortly after, the house caught fire and burned to the ground. His father and a sister died in the fire. The mother never got over it and died later. The family was in ruins and the children were all put up for adoption. After living with a couple of families;Woody “hit the road” in 1927 at the age of 17. He wandered around the Southwest and was in Texas when the Great Depression and the Dust Storms hit in 1934. He did a lot of odd jobs in the oil fields,farm laborer,etc;but developed a love of music which he applied to the hardships being experienced by people out of work,forced migration because of the Dust Storms and the Depression,travelled and lived the life of a hobo. His music was all about how the people srruggled to survive. In 1940,Woody was making a name for himself as a singer and songwriter of the music of the people,or Folk Music. Alan Lomax,was collecting Folk Music and working with Woody recorded his music. But these recordings are much more than a simple recording of his songs. There are about 3 hours on these 3 CD’s but approximately half of the recordings consists of Alan and his wife Elizabeth interviewing Woody about his songs and his life on the road. From the discussions,it is apparent that Woody’s reason for writing and singing these songs was not done for any commercial reason;but to make known to the country ,the problems that were being experienced throughout the land,and the need to change things. The technical quality of these recordings appear amateurish compared to today,but they are still very clear and this shortcoming only adds to the authenticity of Woody’s music and what he was trying to do. Even if you already know much of Woody’s music;you are in for a real treat if you have not heard these recordings. I have the the 4-Volume CD collection of “ASHESmithonian Folkway Recordings” which is also excellent (See My is a huge collection of 99 songs. ;however only 2 of the songs on this Library of Congress are also on the ASCH collection. If you are a fan of Folk Music,and Woody Guthrie in particular,you don’t want to miss this collection.

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