Bound for Glory
by Woody Guthrie , Joe Klein
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The chronicle of some from the perspective of one of the most influential 20th century musicians, Woody Guthrie en route to Glory includes an introduction by Joe Klein, author of Couleurs Primaires, in Penguin Modern Classics”Now that I’m here one” I’ve been there, Divaguait aroun’ plus partout” en route to Glory is the funniest, cynical and earthy autobiography of Woody Guthrie, the father of modern American folk musicHe recounts his childhood running wild in a booming Oklahoma oil town, the tragedies that struck his family and life on the road during the Great Depression – the hell of awareness and fights in vans, while singing to raise a penny for his next mealBut above all, it is a song for America that Woody saw from his lonesome road, as he traveled across the country with a guitar in his hand and the songs that made him a drifting legend on the Dust BowlAdapted into an Oscar-winning film starring David Carradine, En route to Glory is moving the true story of America’s greatest folk singerWoody Guthrie (1912-67), son of a cowboy, was born in rural Oklahoma.When the Depression came, Woody took the road and went around AmericaHe became a folk singer, guitarist, actor, artist and presenter, and is remembered for songs including’this Land is your Land’,’Roll Sur, la colombie, le Roll on’ and’Worried Man Blues’.If you have loved en route to Glory, you could, like Jack Kerouac On the Road, also available in Penguin Modern ClassicsWild as a train whistle in the mountains, a sumptuous image of fighting, carousing, singing, laughing migratory across America”, The New York Times, One of the patron saints of the American rebellion “Joe Klein”, Even readers who have never heard of Woody or his songs will understand the current of esteem in which he holds after reading a few pagesalways scandalously immediate and real, as if Woody was said out loudA book for novelists and sociologists
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