One of the key figures of American folk music in the 20th century, Woody Guthrie's musical legacy encompasses a huge range of political songs, children's ballads and traditional tunes. Inspired by travelling with migrant workers during the Great Depression, during the 30s and 40s Guthrie penned some of the greatest songs in the popular music canon, including This Land Is Your Land, Grand Coulee Dam, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Do-Re-Mi. Guthrie's final years were spent in steady decline following the onset of Huntington's disease although his influence continued to be felt as he acted as the significant mentor to the young folk singers Bob Dylan, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, as well as his own son Arlo Guthrie.
Followers: Bob Dylan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Jonatha Brooke, Bruce Springsteen
Influenced By: The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, John Steinbeck, Leadbelly, Sonny Terry...