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Woody Guthrie

William Dart presents a six-part introduction to the music and influence of this seminal figure of American folk culture

Woody Guthrie's songs provided a soundtrack for the American Depression years, telling tales of Dustbowl hardship and the seemingly never-ending class struggle.

Guthrie’s guitar bore the legend “This Machine Kills Fascists” and his fervour and commitment as a performer found him working alongside such activists as Leadbelly and Pete Seeger.

Most importantly, Guthrie inspired generations of musicians to put their art in the service of making the world a better and fairer place.

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