This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song
Robert Santelli


Hardback | Mar 2012 | Running Press | 9780762443284 | 224pp | 238x208mm | Stocked item (a few) | GEN | AUD$24.99, NZD$29.99


This Land Is Your Land tells the story of Woody Guthrie’s controversial greatest work, while also telling the story of one of America’s greatest artists. Written in 1940 as a direct, critical reaction to Irving Berlin’s Pollyannaish 'God Bless America'—and originally titled 'God Blessed America'—the song soon became an alternative national anthem amidst Cold War red phobia. It has been sung in schools, Congress, civic events, and has been co-opted by politicians during campaigns. It’s been covered by numerous musicians, and has been rewritten to suit dozens of countries.