This Land Is Our Land Woody Guthrie Tribute Tickets
America has had a long and proud tradition of folk music. The genre gained widespread popularity with audiences in the mid-20th century, with musicians like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Harry Belafonte signing about the plight of the common man. Their songs were poetic and offered a philosophically charged view of the changing and turbulent times. Of all these voices, the late Woody Guthrie has proven to be one of the most important and most influential and now, this legend is being honored by a This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie Tribute centennial concert.
Born in 1912 to working class parents, Guthrie spent his childhood during the recession of the 1920s under the shadow of his politically active father and his mentally unstable mother. Guthrie was left to fend for himself, along with the rest of his siblings, at a young age. It was during this time that he discovered his love for music and natural talent for it. He would play songs in exchange for food or small amounts of money. He continued to develop as an artist and played music at dances and on the streets. After getting married at a young age and starting a family, Guthrie left for California in search of work. This was during the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s and he would later write many songs on the subject of workers’ conditions in this period.
Towards the end of the decade, Guthrie found success as a musician, performing traditional folk songs on the radio. Not long after that, he was exposed to communist ideals and started writing protest songs. Due to a series of circumstances brought on by the start of World War II, Guthrie was forced to leave his job at the radio station. After that, he moved to New York and found his way into left-leaning folk music circles and soon started work on his first recordings. The latter included his first album, titled Dust Bowl Ballads. It was during this time that he heard the popular song “God Bless America” by musician Irving Berlin. Guthrie did not like the song and as a response, wrote “This Land is Your Land”, which would go on to be his most famous song.
Over the course of the 1940s, Guthrie found more recognition while hosting a radio show. However, he felt restricted and quit his job. Moving to Washington, Guthrie became involved in the making music for a documentary. He wrote many songs for it, including “Roll on Columbia”, “Pastures of Plenty” and “Grand Coulee Dam.” Guthrie then joined the Almanac Singers.
Known for their anti-fascist songs, Guthrie was credit as being responsible for adding authenticity to their work. During this time, he also wrote an acclaimed book, titled Bound for Glory. He joined the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II and sang for soldiers to boost their morale. Later, he recorded Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child. Before long, he became an influential figure.
From the 1950s onwards, Guthrie’s health began to deteriorate as he suffered from Huntington’s disease. He eventually died in 1967, leaving behind a rich legacy of music which influenced the likes of Bob Dylan and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Partly through these musicians and partly due to a new generation discovering folk music, Guthrie found even more success after his untimely death. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.
Many artists have paid tribute to Guthrie’s work, through covers of many of his songs. Musician Billy Bragg recorded songs using many of Guthrie’s unpublished lyrics. The Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been responsible for conferences and travelling exhibits in tribute of Guthrie’s music. So while This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie Tribute is not the first of its kind, it is certainly the most special.
This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie Tribute is in honor of Guthrie’s centennial and will feature influential artists like Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ry Cooder, Ani DiFranco, Guthrie’s son Arlo Guthrie and many more. This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie Tribute tickets are sure to be a sought-after commodity.
For those who are fans of folk music, or even American history, This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie Tribute tickets are a must have. Watch your favorite musicians serenade you for an evening of enjoyable music as this event pays respect to one of America’s most treasured artists.
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