Cover for : Woody Guthrie, American Radical. Click for larger imageThe April 3, 2011, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education includes a profile of Will Kaufman’s new book Woody Guthrie, American Radical.

“Yes, there have been two major biographies—Joe Klein’s Woody Guthrie and Ed Cray’s Ramblin’ Man—that have included the singer’s political history. But in those, Kaufman writes, the politics are a thread ‘often disappearing into the epic tales of rambling and womanizing and the Greek tragedy of the voice, body, and life lost to the grim reaper of Huntington’s disease.’ In Woody Guthrie, American Radical (University of Illinois Press), Kaufman seeks to reclaim the ‘obsessive thinker and fitful strategist’ buried in the celebration of the Dust Bowl troubadour.”

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