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Issue No. 2338

Woody Sez, the life and music of Woody Guthrie

This lively musical biography weaves together Guthrie’s life with his songs and excerpts from articles he wrote for the American Communist Party newspaper The People’s World.

His songs are about ordinary working people and their struggles during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Directed/written David Lutken, touring now.

From the sea to the land beyond

Out of a century of archive film, this is a portrait of life at work and play on the coast.

Woolcock has often tried to give voice to ordinary people. Her work overlaps with that of film maker Humphrey Jennings—but he subsumed working class experience to the building of one nation.

When 60 percent of people in Britain describe themselves as working class this is a joyous reminder of whose experience really makes 20th century history.

Paul Murphy

Edited by Penny Woolcock

Music by British Sea Power

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