This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie (Hardcover)

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Before Springsteen and before Dylan, there was Woody Guthrie. With "This Machine Kills Fascists," scrawled across his guitar in big black letters, Woody Guthrie brilliantly captured in song the experience of twentieth-century America. Whether he sang about union organizers, migrant workers, or war, Woody took his inspiration from the plight of the people around him as well as from his own tragic childhood.

From the late 1920s to the 1950s, Guthrie wrote the words to more than three thousand songs, including "This Land Is Your Land," a song many call America's unofficial national anthem. With a remarkable ability to turn any experience into a song almost instantaneously, Woody Guthrie spoke out for people of all colors and races, setting an example for generations of musicians to come. But Woody didn't have the chance to find everything he was looking for. He was ravaged by Huntington's disease, just like his mother, and died in a mental institution at the age of fifty-five.

Award-winning author, Elizabeth Partridge has taken the life of this songwriting genius and woven in his lyrics, and other rich materials to create a touching and highly entertaining portrait of a true talent.

About the Author

Elizabeth Partridge ( is a National Book Award finalist and author of several nonfiction books for children, including Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea LangeMarching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary; and the Printz Honor–winning John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780670035359
ISBN-10: 0670035351
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 1st, 2002
Pages: 224
Language: English