On this day, July 14th, in 1912: Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma.
Today’s soundtrack: The sound of America, the sounds from the Dust Bowl Troubadour.
Today’s tributes: MERMAID AVENUE and Dylan’s “Song to Woody”
Today’s photo: © Eric Schaal for LIFE magazine
"I am the works, the whole works. The saint, the sinner, the drinker, the thinker."
"This guitar makes me feel like beatin’ the Fascists, and then that makes me sing how much I hate ‘em. When I sing for a bunch of folks, folks workin’, for soliders, sailors, seamen, that sort of makes all of us whip it up a little. Then we all get to feelin’ a little more like beatin’ ‘em, and ‘course if a fascist then just sort of happens to get in our way, he just naturally comes out loser."
Today’s ill-advised tattoo: http://tinyurl.com/kzforyy
Happy birthday, Woody!