His autobiography, Bound for Glory , was filmed in His son Arlo also achieved success as a musician. The future folk hero was born just weeks after Woodrow Wilson was nominated as the Democratic candidate for president in ; as his namesake later told a crowd of concertgoers, "My father was a hard, fist-fighting Woodrow Wilson Democrat, so Woodrow Wilson was my name.
I'll fight to change it like it ought to be. Born to win. I know I'm born to win. Jump to.
Who Was Woody Guthrie?
Woody Guthrie. March That side was made for you and me. In the squares of the city, in the shadow of a steeple, By the relief office, I'd seen my people. As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking, Is this land made for you and me? Despite his decline, he had a major impact on American popular music in the second half of the 20th century and the rise of the folk movement, influencing such artists as Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, the Byrds, and Bob Dylan for whom Guthrie was a mentor. In the introduction to episode two Woody Guthrie sings "The Great Dust Storm" as historians and survivors talk about the conditions of living in the Dust Bowl during the Depression. View Music Credits.
Guthrie, the third of five children, was the son of a onetime cowboy, land speculator, and local Democratic politician who named him after Pres. Woodrow Wilson. His mother, who introduced her children to a wide variety of music, was thought to be mentally ill and was institutionalized when Guthrie was a teenager. Her erratic behaviour was actually caused by Huntington disease , a hereditary neurological disorder about which little was known at the time and which would later afflict Guthrie too. The family lived near the relocated Creek nation in Okemah, Oklahoma, a small agricultural and railroad town that boomed in the s when oil was discovered in the area. Guthrie paid particular attention to this period of his life in his autobiographical novel Bound for Glory . Though he often left Okemah to travel during his teens, he always returned to continue his high school education. At age 19 he relocated to Pampa, Texas, where he married Mary Jennings, with whom he had three children.