In the late '70's, Marjorie Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s wife, started thinking that the time had come for someone to write Woody's story. She found a young, eager journalist willing to take on the task, Joe Klein.
Marjorie gave Klein unconditional access to all of Woody's writings and he went on to write the only officially authorized biography called Woody Guthrie: A Life.
Guthrie was a hugely influential American folk singer, who lived a life on the edge of tragedy but inspired a generation of songwriters, including Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. The simplicity and power of his songs is still present in the “DNA” of most pop music today.
Joe Klein’s biography was important in the writing of my album: The Protest Project.
My covers and original protest songs are together in one album called The Protest Project and it’s available for free at kregmusic.com