Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin’ is a ‘live documentary’ presented by singer, multi-instrumentalist and Professor of American Literature and Culture Will Kaufman. Author of the first political biography of the legendary American balladeer, Will is recognised as the world’s leading authority on Woody Guthrie.
Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin’ takes place on Tuesday 4th October at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s Music Room.
The show sets Guthrie’s songs in the context of the American 1930s – the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself. Such hard-hitting songs as “Vigilante Man”, “Pretty Boy Floyd” and “I Ain’t Got No Home” are brought into conversation with other relevant songs – from Joe Hill’s “The Preacher and the Slave” to “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?”. Altogether the show highlights the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie’s most powerful work.
Kaufman’s show coincides with We Shall Overcome 2016, a week of events across the UK and beyond aimed at giving direct help to those in our local communities who have been adversely affected by austerity policies. There will be a collection on the night, with all money being donated to South Liverpool Food Bank.
Will Kaufman has just been confirmed as a guest on Jenny-Lee Summers‘ Music Show on BBC Radio Merseyside on the afternoon of Tuesday 4th October. Will will be on the show between 3.00pm and 4.00pm when he’ll be talking about Guthrie’s music, politics, history, and what people can expect from his Music Room show that evening.
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Preview: Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin’ 04/10/16
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