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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,889 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Woody Guthrie Narrator: Arlo Guthrie Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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The legendary voice of folk music, Woody Gurthrie, left behind hundreds of songs, including such American treasures as This Land is Your Land, Hard Traveling, and Reuben James. His has influenced generations of musicians from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to Bruce Springsteen and the Indigo Girls. In this remarkable autobiography, Guthrie presents a vision of America that, like his songs, is not soon forgotten. Guthrie traveled all over the U.S. by boxcar, thumb, and foot during the years after the Great Depression. He died of Huntington's Disease in 1967. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bondama | 2/11/2014

    " I first read this book when I was in my last year of high school, many years ago. Woody Guthrie was my hero then, and he still is. This book is a great road book, but that is perhaps 1/100th of why the man is my hero. Woody spoke for the people, the real people, - disenfranchised, broken up, busted down - the man/woman who has no idea where his next meal is coming from, let alone where in the hell he's going to sleep that night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 2/11/2014

    " Best fictionalized autobiography ever. Well maybe not fictionalized per se. There are omissions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ned | 2/8/2014

    " I've read this book twice. It's got some slow goin' moments, but other than that, it's a lyrical ride through the poignant moments Guthrie thought represented his life and perspective. If you like the road journey novel, this book captures a time when the train was the way to roll, the depression and the dust bowl were keeping people down, and the US of A was riddled with different growing pains... but it captures it all in a way that speaks to life as we know it - addressing the systems of this country as wacko, and the original dream of the United States as living in the land and with its people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timothy | 1/20/2014

    " I wanted to like this more than I did. It took me a while to get through it because it was pretty boring. I kept putting it down for weeks at a time hoping it would be more exciting the next time I picked it up. I'd definitely rather listen to his records. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/15/2014

    " I had no idea what to expect with this book. I wasn't really looking forward to reading it. Boy was I wrong. I loved it. It is not the usual boring biography, he is simply telling stories, in his own unique way. His stories made me think, what would I have done in the same situation. Could I have rode in the box car, waited to pick the apricots, saw my sister burned to death and kept going. Could I take a beating on the dead main street and still manage to keep going? Could I have suffered so much and still been able to see the country in all its beauty or would I become hard and mean. My knowledge of Woody was VERY limited to some songs and of course his son Arlo in "Alice's Restaurant". It shed a whole new light upon the man and I am happy for gaining a new perspective. I really enjoyed reading this and would recommend it anyone simply looking to expand their world by shedding a little light into a life so very different from your own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 1/14/2014

    " Once had a girlfriend who saw my email signature paraphrasing the title to this book. She thought I was talking about her, and I thought she was taking herself too seriously. But, yeah, we broke up (at some point) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/29/2013

    " The beginnings of modern folk music, interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Zehm | 10/1/2013

    " A witty and entertaining account of Woody's life ~ has the feeling of tall tales told around a campfire ~ interesting accounts of the depression and such. Again, if you are interested in him or that time period to begin with this book is probably for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 9/30/2013

    " This man led a crazy life. He's a folk singer and this is is autobiography written during a time when America was beginning to become what it is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 9/4/2013

    " Book group choice and I am so glad I read it. Very lyrical , the language was hard to get into at first. When I finished reading the tale of this hobo/storyteller/singer I was so glad I read it and surprised I hadn't read it before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 8/5/2013

    " Woody Guthrie loves America and hates the things that are wrong with it. Emotion shines out from his lyrical descriptions, in which a clump of weeds or the smoke from a train can be an object of beauty and wonder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunriseoversea | 6/30/2013

    " A great and vibrant picture of migratory America. Woody's writing is bursting with life, a really enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenni | 6/16/2013

    " I was so touched my this book that I was inspired to paint Woody Guthrie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/3/2013

    " Well...to be honest, I need to re-read it. I know I liked it, but I need a refresher to be more specific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Graham | 12/21/2012

    " A fascinating insight into the life of the legendary Woody Guthrie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nixycoco | 11/4/2012

    " An upbeat pre-Beat on the (rail)road tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom, Of | 11/25/2011

    " One of the best autobiographies I've read. Folksinger travels through America during depression "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Goldsborough | 8/21/2011

    " This is the human experience at the very core level. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 6/17/2011

    " The life and times of Woody Guthrie as only Woody could tell it. He he weren't known for being the great folk musician of all time; he would be known as a great author just from this one book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. Paul | 6/3/2011

    " not really a musicians autobio... actually a work of outsider? fiction with hard scrabble tall tales... the chapter 'kittens' is basically a steinbeck short story done with homeschooled spelling and will rogers diction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 5/28/2011

    " A great look into the young life of folksinger and cultural hero, Woody Guthrie, with significant overlap into Steinbeck's fictional story of the Joad family. The writing can be a bit dry at times, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Happy | 3/10/2011

    " I thought "On the Road," was what traveling across country was like. Nope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/2/2011

    " Dear Woodie,
    Thank you for singing and believing and existing.
    Love,
    Lindsay "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 1/1/2011

    " Guthrie's autobiography. I've wanted to read it for years just never got to it. Finally I did and I wasn't dissapointed. First non-fiction I'd read in a while so I had to prepare my mind for that. Great to ride on the trains, steal cars, and hitchick along with Guthrie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tront | 12/18/2010

    " Boring book unless you like old boring brown folksy stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 8/8/2010

    " A freight train full of tall tales and embellished truths, but fantastically told. Woody is the soot-faced voice of my elders, and his adventures are still as full of piss and dynamite as the day the words were written. Thank God danger and joy are timeless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 7/12/2010

    " If you ever read any Woody this is the one to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bill | 3/2/2010

    " I hate reading dialect, I really hate reading dialect. I found page after page of dialect too distracting. If you do not mind this sort of thing read the book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 12/14/2009

    " Book group choice and I am so glad I read it. Very lyrical , the language was hard to get into at first. When I finished reading the tale of this hobo/storyteller/singer I was so glad I read it and surprised I hadn't read it before. "

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About the Author
Author Woody Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie (1912–1967) was an American folk balladeer whose best-known song is “This Land Is Your Land.” His musical legacy includes over three thousand songs, covering an exhaustive repertoire of historical, political, cultural, topical, spiritual, narrative, and children’s themes. Guthrie was a prolific writer and visual artist. His papers, artwork, and recordings are preserved in the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Woody Guthrie Archives. Guthrie was a major influence on hundreds of musicians, including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Strummer, John Mellencamp, Ani DiFranco, and Billy Bragg.