Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballad

Sun 25 Nov / Quarterhouse

Forged in the Dustbowl of the 1930s, in an America crippled by the Great World Recession, Guthrie found solace in song, and soon those songs became the voice of the People – men and women who had seen their lives deracinated and destroyed by the vicissitudes of global economic forces beyond their control.

Guthrie’s influence lives on, a touchstone for Bob Dylan, The Clash and the protest singers of the Occupy movement today. In this talk interspersed with tunes, Nick Hayes brings a legend to life and shows how music refuses to obey the arbitrary borders set out by states, and how culture steals and appropriates as part of its organic growth.

6.30 pm/ £8 / Friends & concessions £7

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