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Author Shaw, John (John Allen), 1963-

Title This land that I love : Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the story of two American anthems / John Shaw.

Publication Info. New York : PublicAffairs, 2013.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  781.599 SHA    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Description 274 pages ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents God blessed America -- Jews without money -- From sea to shining sea -- Come on and hear! -- Oklahoma hills -- Rockets' red glare -- An atmosphere that simply reeks with class -- If you ain't got the do re mi -- Storm clouds gather -- The faith that the dark past has taught us -- My pastures of plenty must always be free -- Freedom's road -- These songs were made for you and me.
Summary Near the end of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II, a homeless Dust Bowl refugee named Woody Guthrie originally drafted "This Land Is Your Land" as an anthem that encompassed the tough realities of those dark times--and as a rebuttal to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." But the song that Guthrie despised had its own complexities. Irving Berlin had risen from homelessness before becoming America's most successful songwriter, and penned his song partly in response to Hitler's rise overseas. In This Land That I Love, music-writer and composer John Shaw writes the dual biography of these beloved American songs, at the same time shedding new light on our patriotic musical heritage, from "Yankee Doodle" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" to Martin Luther King's quotation of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August 1963. Delving into the deeper history of war songs, minstrelsy, ragtime, country music, folk music, and African American spirituals, Shaw unearths a rich vein of half-forgotten patriotic and musical traditions. With the aid of new archival research, he uncovers new details about the songs' composition, including a never-before-printed verse for "This Land Is Your Land." The result is a fascinating narrative that refracts and re-envisions America's tumultuous history through the prism of two unforgettable anthems.
Subject Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989. God bless America.
Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967. This land is your land.
Patriotic music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9781610392235 hardcover
161039223X hardcover
9781610392242 (e-book)
1610392248 (e-book)

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