Woody Guthrie- Voice of the Common Man

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Written and produced by Melissa Mergner in 2006, when she was a 14-year-old high school student, Woody Guthrie – Voice of the Common Man is a short documentary about how the folk singer-songwriter overcame personal hardship and tragedy to become a spokesman for those Americans affected by the Great Depression and the dust storms. Although neither a politician nor activist, Guthrie brought attention to the plight of Okies, migrant workers and other disenfranchised people. He gave music a social conscience and influenced several generations of singer-songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, John Mellencamp, Ani DiFranco and Jeff Tweedy. The film uses Guthrie’s own voice from Library of Congress recordings, as well as archival footage from the ‘30s. Soundtrack by Richard Drueding.

Melissa Mergner Published on Aug 5, 2008 SUBSCRIBE 50 Category Nonprofits & Activism License Standard YouTube License Music “I Ain’t Got No Home” by Woody Guthrie Listen ad-free with YouTube Red SHOW LESS


Woody Guthrie Center woodyguthriecenter.org The Woody Guthrie Center is a public museum and archive located in Tulsa, Oklahoma that is dedicated to the life and legacy of American folk musician and singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie. The Center also contains the archives of folk singer, songwriter, and fellow social activist, Phil Ochs.More at Wikipedia


secabol Published on Feb 13, 2014 SUBSCRIBE 1.9K Hosted by Pete Seeger, this documentary presents the origin of the banjo, the development of southern folk music and its influence upon Americans. Pete Seeger plays his banjo and narrates the story.

Director: Irving Lerner, Willard Van Dyke Written by Alan Lomax! Category Music