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Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie

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Hannah Mullan

Jackson, MS

#1 Feb 6, 2007
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Prophet Singer:
The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie
By Mark Allan Jackson
University Press of Mississippi
ISBN 1-57806-915-7, hardback,$50.00

Book News For Immediate Release

Social, political significance behind Woody Guthrie’s songs unveiled

Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie (University Press of Mississippi) by Mark Allan Jackson examines the history and intent behind the song lyrics of songwriter and political activist Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie. Jackson’s narrative traces the way Guthrie documented the history of America’s underclass through lyrics about such diverse topics as the Dust Bowl and the poll tax.

In the prologue Jackson admits that Guthrie, as an artist,“recognized the power of song to capture a moment in time and pass it on to future generations. His songs remind us what the poll tax was, what Harriet Tubman fought for, and what tenant farmers yearned for.” Jackson provides readers with an in-depth look at how Guthrie manipulated his lyrics to call attention to the ways that common people could gain greater political and economic power.

Utilizing an interdisciplinary methodology that incorporates the best of both historical and literary perspectives, Jackson references a staggering array of primary sources including interviews, records, drawings, and writings. He includes a variety of material from the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, and the Woody Guthrie Archives, many of which have never been presented to scholars or the general public. The result: a broad perspective of one of America’s most intriguing cultural figures.

Prophet Singer: The Voice and Vision of Woody Guthrie offers an analysis of the creative impulse behind Guthrie’s song lyrics as well as the prejudices expressed by the artist. This is the first book to offer in-depth interpretation of Guthrie’s lyrics as a social commentary within their historical and biographical contexts.

MARK ALLAN JACKSON is currently an assistant professor of English at DePauw University. His articles and reviews have been featured in Popular Music and Society and American Music.


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