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Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913 by Daniel WolffA tour de force of storytelling years in the making: a dual biography of two of the greatest songwriters, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, that is also a murder mystery and a history of labor relations and socialism, big business and greed in twentieth-century America—woven together in one epic saga that holds meaning for all working Americans today.
When thirteen-year-old Daniel Wolff first heard Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone, it ignited a life-long interest in understanding the rock poet’s anger. When he later discovered Song to Woody, Dylan’s tribute to his hero, Woody Guthrie, Wolff believed he’d uncovered one source of Dylan’s rage. Sifting through Guthrie’s recordings, Wolff found 1913 Massacre—a song which told the story of a union Christmas party during a strike in Calumet, Michigan, in 1913 that ended in horrific tragedy.
Following the trail from Dylan to Guthrie to an event that claimed the lives of seventy-four men, women, and children a century ago, Wolff found himself tracing the history of an anger that has been passed down for decades. From America’s early industrialized days, an epic battle to determine the country’s direction has been waged, pitting bosses against workers and big business against the labor movement. In Guthrie’s eyes, the owners ultimately won; the 1913 Michigan tragedy was just one example of a larger lost history purposely distorted and buried in time.
In this magnificent cultural study, Wolff braids three disparate strands—Calumet, Guthrie, and Dylan—together to create a devastating revisionist history of twentieth-century America. Grown-Up Anger chronicles the struggles between the haves and have-nots, the impact changing labor relations had on industrial America, and the way two musicians used their fury to illuminate economic injustice and inspire change.
Bob Dylan in concert 1999 - Song to Woody
American folk icon Woody Guthrie died 50 years ago, at the age of Singer, songwriter, migrant worker, activist, traveller, writer, sailor… Guthrie lived a remarkable life and left behind an extensive catalogue of songs that, for many, represent the soul of working America. Here are just a few great versions. The result was three volumes of Mermaid Avenue albums. Ry Cooder.
How we begin to understand the way Dylan, Guthrie, and this senseless Christmas Eve death of 73 men, women, and children at an Italian Hall in Calumet, Michigan are connected will probably depend on what we want to believe. Which side are you on? The whole wide world is watching. Such lines are mantras in a topical folk ballad. We bear witness in order to be those who remain standing to tell the story, 28 years later or a century after the fact.
I n September , Bob Dylan borrowed a copy of Woody Guthrie's autobiography Bound for Glory from a college classmate and became obsessed. Written with the encouragement of Alan Lomax and published in , it rendered its protagonist an almost mythical figure. Dylan started mimicking his hero's speech patterns and even told the crowd at the Cafe Wha? The "dust bowl troubadour" — author of this This Land is Your Land, whose guitar bore the legend "this machine kills fascists" — had himself almost reached the end of the road: he was now in his fourth year at the Greystone Park Psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, suffering from Huntingdon's disease, which finally led to his death in But Dylan hunted him out there, and the two men met — Guthrie apparently giving Dylan a card after their first meeting saying: "I ain't dead yet. It met with the older man's approval and was one of only two original compositions that made Dylan's debut. Topics Folk music A history of folk and world music.
I'm seein' your world of people and things, Your paupers and peasants and princes and kings. Hey, hey Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song 'Bout a funny ol' world that's a-comin' along. Seems sick an' it's hungry, it's tired an' it's torn, It looks like it's a-dyin' an' it's hardly been born. Here's to Cisco an' Sonny an' Leadbelly too, An' to all the good people that traveled with you. Here's to the hearts and the hands of the men That come with the dust and are gone with the wind.
Dylan claims it as his own, but not I believe in any sense of misleading us, for Woody Guthrie also purloined old songs and reused them for his own devices. That was the folk tradition. Third, we should note that Dylan has played the song, not just in his early coffee bar playing days, but 53 times in concert between its composition in and So it is clearly a song that he too treats with considerable affection. Take a trip with me in , To Calumet, Michigan, in the copper country. I will take you to a place called Italian Hall, Where the miners are having their big Christmas ball.