An Amarillo photographer's personal journey through the Dust Bowl- with past and present eyes.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Woody Guthrie: " Dust Bowl Troubadour"

Woodrow Wilson "WoodyGuthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) is best known as an American singer-songwriter and folk musician, whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists displayed on his guitar. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land." Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress.[1] Such songwriters as Bob DylanPhil OchsBruce SpringsteenJohn MellencampPete SeegerJoe StrummerBilly Bragg and Tom Paxton have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.
Guthrie traveled with migrant workers from Oklahoma to California and learned traditional folk and blues songs. Many of his songs are about his experiences in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression, earning him the nickname the "Dust Bowl Troubadour."[2]Throughout his life Guthrie was associated with United States communist groups, though he was seemingly not a member of any.[3]
Guthrie was married three times and fathered eight children, including American folk musician Arlo Guthrie. He is the grandfather of musician Sarah Lee Guthrie.[4] Guthrie died from complications of Huntington's disease, a progressive genetic neurological disorder. 
During his later years, in spite of his illness, Guthrie served as a figurehead in the folk movement, providing inspiration to a generation of new folk musicians, including mentor relationships with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan.
Woody Guthrie was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 1997.

See a list of his "Dust Bowl Ballads HERE

Amarillo Museum of Art to display FSA photos

Timed to coincide with the premier of Ken Burns/Florentine Films production, The Dust Bowl, the Amarillo Museum of Art will be hosting a display of FSA (Farm Service Administration) photographs taken during the Great Depression and including The Dust Bowl.

The FSA built a remarkable collection of more than 80,000 photographs of America during the Depression because they hired great photographers and a great administrator to lead them. 

Roy Stryker was an economist from Columbia University before he was hired to head the "Historical Section" of the FSA. His job, according to his boss Rexford Tugwell, was to "show the city people what it's like to live on the farm."

The exhibition will run from October 4th through October 28th,

For more information on the FSA follow this LINK
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