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Woody Guthrie

White Identity Offers Bland Nothingness or Racism -- An Inclusive American Identity Is the Answer

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We need an American identity built on a foundation of that shared history--not a whitewashed version of it, but one that can, as President Obama declared in Selma, "look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals."

How Progressives Should Celebrate Flag Day

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans are unaware that much of our patriotic culture -- including many of the leading symbols and songs -- was created by people with decidedly progressive sympathies. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Daily Meditation: Our Land

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Note of Hope: Woody Guthrie Center Partners for Huntington's Awareness

Deana McCloud | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Deana McCloud

Guests who tour the Center often ask for more information about Huntington's Disease. Many struggle to find a comparable degenerative disorder to associate with Huntington's, but we encourage them to think of each disease as its own dreadful condition.

In LA, Communities in Need Get Their 15 Minutes of Fame

Mackenzie Long | Posted 05.12.2015 | Los Angeles
Mackenzie Long

Musicians from East Los Angeles have a long tradition of using their talents to draw attention to complex social and political issues.

Music to Soothe the Lonesome Traveler

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

We learn a little bit about the lives of each of these singers and writers, and what inspired them to write what they did, some literally lifting old songs that were long part of musical history and updating them for the time

Daily Meditation: Bound For Glory

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Lead Belly: Songster of Mythic Proportions

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Lead Belly's life was a narrative of mastery and resistance, like Zora Neale Hurston's High John De Conquer or folklore's John Henry. His songs are a vast and varied banquet of Americana cooked up and served through the genius of one man.

Everything Is Possible While Dancin' in the Kitchen

Cathy Fink | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Cathy Fink

Many parents thought the song should be an anthem in every elementary school in the country. But others refused to let their child sing on the song, or even sing on the recording, if we were going to include this song.

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

6 Patriotic Songs For Labor Day Weekend

William Astore | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
William Astore

Let's stress, and stress again, the importance of national beauty and brotherhood, liberty and freedom, and equality of access for all.

Is It Food, or Is It Foodiness™? Well, Does It Come From a Nipple?

Erica Wides | Posted 10.13.2014 | Home
Erica Wides

I've been with Adam, my husband, for 13 years. Well, we're not actually really married, per se, but I consider him my husband, and I refer to him as such.

Happy 83rd, Ramblin' Jack

Lauren Daley | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Lauren Daley

I've been lucky enough to see Ramblin' Jack twice now, including at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival, where, he surprised Beck on stage to duet on Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting For A Train."

Dog Ears Music: The Real Memorial Day: Hero Worship and Atomic Peace Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist features music from The B-52's, Sam & Dave, Wilco, John Lennon, Iron & Wine and more.

Music and Movements: The Tradition Continues

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.

My Vinyl Offer

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

I figured that I'd never bond with my daughters over music. But something happened a few months ago that may have turned the tables -- literally.

Paul Clayton

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Entertainment
Anne Margaret Daniel

Paul Clayton (l) and Bill Clifton, Bill Clifton & Paul Clayton: The First Recordings via Bear Family Records Paul Clayton Worthington was born on M...

Two Tales From the Tavern Infuse Hope, Faith and Remembrance: Sara Lee Guthrie Johnny Irion and Jeffrey Faucault

LuxEco Living | Posted 04.13.2014 | Entertainment
LuxEco Living

By Nancy Chuda Santa Ynez California Courtesy of Jeremy Ball A Magical Night! Tales from the Tavern at the Maverick Saloon was a mixture of mus...

Bob Dylan, Corporate Shill

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I don't want to make too big a deal about Bob Dylan appearing in a Chrysler commercial during the Super Bowl and yet, I'm afraid, it is a big deal.

Rush Limbaugh's Favorite Lesbian Socialist -- Author of 'America the Beautiful' -- Inspired the Super Bowl Coke Ad

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Peter Dreier

Right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, former Congressman Allen West, and others are freaking out about Coca Cola's Super Bowl ad featuring "America the Beautiful" sung in different languages as faces of people of different cultures are shown.

Pete Seeger's Garden

Roger Wright | Posted 03.31.2014 | Arts
Roger Wright

Pete Seeger upstairs at the People's Church on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago; rail thin, head thrust out, jeans and flannel shirt with rolled up sleeves,...

Pete Seeger Brought the World Closer Together

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Pete Seeger spent his time on earth planting, healing, laughing, building up, dancing, loving, embracing and advocating peace. Seeger brought the world closer together with his music. Every day, every minute, someone in the world is singing a Pete Seeger song.

The Doors App and Beyond: A Conversation with Elektra/Nonesuch Founder Jac Holzman

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.07.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Photo courtesy Holzman Family Archive A Conversation with Jac Holzman Mike Ragogna: Jac, it's an honor to interview you. You and your label Elektra...

Operetta Superstar Marta Eggerth Dies at 101

Michael Sigman | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
Michael Sigman

(Operetta great Marta Eggerth died at her Rye, N.Y. home on December 26th at 101. This blog was posted as she neared her centennial birthday in 2012.)...

Woody Guthrie Is a Hero of Mine

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Woody Guthrie is a hero of mine. He represents whatever is left inside of me that has a little peek at optimism, despite all the pain and suffering and horrible turns of government I've seen and experienced.