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This is an excellent book about Woody Guthrie's music. A solid 4-star book, but U am giving it five, cos I can't figure out why others have rated it so low.
Jackson has not produced a bio of the hard-travelin' folk singer. Go to Guthrie's semi-autobiographical Bound for Glory (on Audible) for that.
Rather Jackson gives a detailed history of several Guthrie tunes. You learn about the songwriter thru the experiences and cultural forces that shaped him. Songwriters will find a lot to love because the author breaks down the lyrical structure of several songs.
The best part of the book is the history of early 20th century. You learn about hobo camps, dust bowl Oakies, racial prejudice, gangsters and the Great Depression.
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