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Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home (American Masters)

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Product Description

Every American who has listened to the radio knows Guthrie's ""This Land Is Your Land."" The music of the folk singer/songwriter has been recorded by everyone from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to U2. Originally blowing out of the Dust Bowl in Depression-era America, he blended vernacular, rural music and populism to give voice to millions of downtrodden citizens. Guthrie's music was politically leftist, uniquely patriotic and always inspirational.

About the Actor

Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Ed Cray, Joe Klein, Nora Guthrie, Mary Jo Guthrie Edgmon, Bess Lomax Hawes, Guy Logsdon, Mary Jennings Boyle, Maxine Crissman, Jim Longhi, Jeff Place

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Nora Guthrie, Ed Cray, Joe Klein
  • Directors: Peter Frumkin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X1ZPEM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is an excellent PBS documentary about the life of Woody Guthrie, the great American singer/songwriter (and godfather/forerunner of the folk music explosion of the early sixties). The film tells about his upbringing in a fairly well off family--a secure childhood abruptly ruined by his mother's descent into dementia and violence due to Huntington's disease. This tragic turn of events sends Guthrie into foster homes and eventually helps turn him into a prolific and original American hobo-gypsy songwriter. But Guthrie was a man of many talents; he was a gifted draughtsman, writer, radio host, comedian, "ladies' man", and actor (considering the poetic license employed when presenting his unsophisticated "hick" persona). The film is narrated by Peter Coyote and features interviews with Joe Klein (Guthrie's biographer), Pete Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen, as well as family members and friends of Guthrie. Conspicuously absent are Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie. Still, the film is well-put together; it features some great images and films of Guthrie as well as many priceless recordings of him talking and singing. The narration explains the social context for Guthrie's often very political songs. Most notably, we are informed that the song "This Land is your Land" was penned as an angry reply to "God Bless America"--Guthrie feeling that it is up to Americans to make this country great, not God (Hallelujah!). Besides being informative, the film is moving in its portrayal of Guthrie's tragic last years as he succumbed to the same disease that had destroyed his mother. Ultimately "Woody Guthrie" depicts the songwriter as a flawed but heroic American musical genius.
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but as others have commented, missing key players (Arlo and Pete). I learned a great deal about the man who changed music in America. My kids grew up singing "Roll on, Columbia, Roll on" but it's not even mentioned. I think the main flaw with this piece is its brevity.
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I have been a Woody fan for 40 years and met his family and was a good friend of Will Geer one of his best buddies. There is a much better doc narrated by Billy Bragg that will tell his story well.. It is called "Woody Guthrie:This Machine Kills Fascists' s The PBS is 90 min and this one 2hr 40 min with great loving detail, The only thing for Woody fans to have is a few extra minutes of home footage in this PBS doc. So i can only give it one star as the PBS lack a lot of key elements to Woody's story where the PBS avoids the core story with very little detail.
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I knew very little about Woody Guthrie prior to watching the documentary. I was impressed with the quality of this documentary, and the view it gave, not only of Woody Guthrie's life but also of the experiences of those who lived through the dust bowl and the great depression. It is hard to comprehend the enormous amount of music that Guthrie created but it is clear, he was the people's musician and spokesperson. I also learned a lot about the interaction between Pete Seeger and Guthrie, as well as his son Woody Guthrie. Excellent documentary, Highly Recommended!
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This is a documentary about the late folk singer Woody Guthrie made for PBS. It is 90 minutes long, and is narrated by Peter Coyote. It features interviews with Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Woody's daughter Nora Guthrie, his first wife Mary, and others. Curiously, his son Arlo Guthrie is not interviewed. Years ago, Arlo Guthrie hosted a documentary about his father, which was a lot like this documentary--except that one had more music and more people who actually knew Woody Guthrie were still alive then to be interviewed. Since that documentary is out-of-print, this one will do just fine. Given a choice I would pick Arlo's older documentary, but this one covers mostly the same territory
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This is an excellent & informative PBS video about the tragic life of a genius and his time in history. I learned a lot and I've purchased additional copies for friends.
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Great dvd for teaching about the Great Depression, as well as a groundbreaking American musician.
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While I have been a long time fan of Woody Guthrie and read a lot about him I learned some new things about Woody. Great photography and skillful use of the "Dustbowl Ballads" collection.
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