Howdy, 2012!

So long, 2011, been good to know ya. Here to usher you out, on account of 2012 bein' his centennial celebration, is folk legend Woody Guthrie. But first, a few words on Woody from another American giant, John Steinbeck.

"Woody is just Woody. Thousands of people do not know he has any other name. He is just a voice and a guitar. He sings the songs of a people and I suspect that he is, in a way, that people. Harsh voiced and nasal, his guitar hanging like a tire iron on a rusty rim, there is nothing sweet about Woody, and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings. But there is something more important for those who will listen. There is the will of a people to endure and fight against oppression. I think we call this the American spirit."

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Woody Guthrie at McSorley's Pub, 1943 : Photo by Eric Schaal for Life Magazine

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