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This Land That I Love free pdf A narrative history of the writing of "This Land is Your Land" and "God Bless America" that uncovers the conflicts and common ground between two classic, patriotic songs
Millions of Americans have sung "God Bless America" and "This Land Is Your Land." Few know that the latter originated when a homeless Dust Bowl refugee named Woody Guthrie became so provoked by Irving Berlin's sentimental celebration of patriotism that he began to write an American anthem of his own--one that encompassed the dark realities of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. But Guthrie was unaware that the song he despised concealed complexities all its own. Irving Berlin had also 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. He offers a unique view of America's rich patriotic traditions and episodes from our tumultuous history through the prism of these two unforgettable anthems.

About John Shaw

John Shaw has written on music and theater for the Los Angeles Review of Books and Chicago Reader. He has written many songs and performed them in many contexts. He lives in Seattle with his family.

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Author : John Shaw
Publisher : PublicAffairs
Data Published : 05 November 2013
ISBN : 161039223X
EAN : 9781610392235
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 272 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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    . A narrative history of the writing of "This Land is Your Land" and "God Bless America" that uncovers the conflicts and common ground between two classic, patriotic songs
    Millions of Americans ha