Dark Memory: A Look at Lynching in America through the Life, Times, and Songs of Woody Guthrie
Author: Jackson, Mark Allan
Source: Popular Music & Society, Volume 28, Number 5, 01Dec2005 , pp. 663-675(13)
Abstract:Drawing upon the memory of a lynching photograph he saw as a youth, songwriter and political activist Woody Guthrie shaped his own views concerning this barbaric act into the art of his songs. Just as he was turned away from a racist tinged past by a community of politically charged artists and their work, the singer believed that his lyrics had the potential to change public perception on the emotionally charged issue of lynching.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-12-01