Wednesday, July 14, 2010

thin ice

As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!
woody guthrie (14 july 1912 - 1967)

today is woody guthrie's 98th birthday!

in 1954, when woody was just 42 years old he was diagnosed with huntington's disease. before it was diagnosed, woody was hospitalized and treated for everything from alcoholism to schizophrenia. woody spent the last dozen years of his life hospitalized, ravaged by a most cruel and incurable disease - woody never gave up and his family and friends never gave up. to woody "a human being is just a hoping machine."

in his lifetime woody wrote more than 3,000 songs, published two novels, created artwork, and authored an incredible number of poems, prose, and plays. woody's impact on american culture is remarkable and over the years has been widely recognized. woody's influence continues.

to learn more about woody and his legacy, visit the woody guthrie foundation website; the portal's entry on woody is pretty good by the way if you want a concise overview.

wall wednesday continues

thin ice another selection from pink floyd's the wall

photo: graffiti and sticker 'tags' nyc, june 2010


Tom said...

guthrie and pink--strange combination. one of my fav pink albums was the Final Cut..but i don't think it got much airplay

Tess Kincaid said...

Happy Birthday, Woody! Maybe that's why he was on my mind last week with the willow song?

Meri said...

I didn't know it was his birthday. There was a wonderful exhibit featuring him at our state historical museum a few years ago. What a talented man.

Roy said...

Happy Birthday Woody! Pardon me while I drop the needle on one of these old LPs.

Watson said...

Happy Birthday Woody! And...thanks!

CiCi said...

You are right about Woody having a place today in a very real way. He is missed by many.

Alan Burnett said...

I discovered - too late in the day unfortunately - that Arlo Guthrie had a gig quite close to where I live recently. My own fault, I should watch the theatre announcements more carefully.

California Girl said...

nice concise tribute.