Bound for Radicalism; Diarist of a Century

Bound for Radicalism 1

GAB Archive, Redferns

Will Kaufman's Woodie Guthrie, American Radical seeks to reclaim the "obsessive thinker and fitful strategist" buried in the celebration of the Dust Bowl troubadour.

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GAB Archive, Redferns

Will Kaufman's Woodie Guthrie, American Radical seeks to reclaim the "obsessive thinker and fitful strategist" buried in the celebration of the Dust Bowl troubadour.

"A pamphlet, no matter how good, is never read more than once," wrote Joe Hill. "But a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over." Embracing the words of the Wobblies' martyr, Woody Guthrie kept an IWW songbook in his breast pocket as he also sought to use music as a weapon to "fan the flames of discontent," writes Will Kaufman, a professor of American literature and culture at the University of Central Lancashire, in England.

Yet Guthrie's radicalism has often been