A month of music Mondays: Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie: All You Fascists Bound To Lose

Published in: on August 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. very good music !

    thank you…

  2. Nice for me….thanks for share

  3. Where can I get a copy on a CD?

  4. Unfortunately, this is not available on CD.

    It was recorded in 1944, during WWII, for a radio broadcast. Archive.org has various audio files for downloading here http://www.archive.org/details/WoodyGuthrie-AllYouFascistsBoundToLose1944 and this is probably where the YouTuve uploader got it from. The uploader mentions the other musicians: Sonny Terry and probably Pete Seeger and Cisco Houston.

    The recording is more or less contemporary with the Asch recordings, available on Smithsonian Folkways. [Amazon uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asch-Recordings-Vols-1-4-4CD/dp/B00000JWCQ/ ]

    Woody was not a Communist Party member at this time, but the line he was taking was a CPUSA one. Up to 1941, the CP line of course was “peace” and Pete Seeger and the Almanac singers sang peace songs. When Moscow entered the war and the line changed in 1941, this unleashed a wave of creativity from Woody in the anti-fascist cause. He signed up to the Merchant Marine, but got kicked out in 1945 as the anti-Communist witchhunts began, only to be drafted into the Army.

    Billy Bragg and the American band Wilco recorded a version of this song on the second volume of their recordings of un-released Guthrie songs, Mermaid Avenue. The lyrics they use are here: http://www.woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/All_You_Fascists.htm [Amazon uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mermaid-Avenue-Vol-2-Billy-Bragg/dp/B00004TBES ]

    A related song from, I think, the same period, “Tear the fascists down”, is on this album: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/34rj

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