Saturday, July 14, 2012

"Hey, Hey, Go Waggaloo" (Woody's Centennial)

Art by Woody Guthrie

A brief note on the occasion of Woody Guthrie's anniversary, especially what with all the corporate personhood, rich, slimy politicians, union-busting and bigotry, his message still reverberates now today more than ever. And without any autotune, lip-sync or flashing any nipple either.

A lesser-known aspect of his work was the drawings that he did as a commercial artist and cartoonist:
"Contrary to popular mythology, it was with paint brushes in hand, not a guitar, that Guthrie hit the road for California. He had hocked his guitar . . . and it was his artistic skills that he brokered for room and board."Nora Guthrie
Aside from coming to mind annually for his New Year's Rulins', the funny thing is how I was just thinking about him yesterday while hiking through some posted land.

“As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.”
- This Land is Your Land

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