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Thread #48057 Message #719583
Posted By: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
29-May-02 - 12:47 PM
Thread Name: Dirty Linen's Guthrie Family article
Subject: RE: Dirty Linen's Guthrie Family article
depends on what you already know! Nothing new about Woody, from my point of view, except Nora saying there is a lot more in the archive to process and release, but basic facts of life the same as written previously. Arlo is going to release the two other versions of Alice's Restaurant he lused to sing, both comical, but 'not related to anything' as the Massacree song is related to the draft and the war. Good discography of whole family, background of Abe and Sara Lee's careers, haven't heard too much of either, but will give it a listen. I really detest the Billy Bragg stuff that came out with Woody's lyrics set to ridiculous melodies, completely un-Folk, un-Woody and un-Good, in fact, really bad, to my ear, but, that's just my opinion. I think someone could try to suss out what old songs Woody might have had in mind for each lyric, or at least try to achieve some of Woody's sound, like maybe Ramblin' Jack should have a shot at them, or at least try to find out if anyone ever heard Woody do any of these songs that weren't recorded, and recall what they might have been like. But the Billy Bragg stuff will all end up in landfills somehwere, as far as I can tell, not to be sung by anyone else like that, in public or private. I mean does anyone out there actually do any covers of Guthrie/Bragg material? I doubt it. Anyway, BUY the magazine and read it yourself, then tell me what you think!