Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. He had a voice like a long distance train heard miles away. His songs have become the folk song standards of America. Among them: “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Pastures of Plenty,” “Hard Travelin’,” “Deportees,” “Roll On Columbia,” “Vigilante Man” and, of course, “This Land Is Your Land.”
From Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories: The story of two skyscrapers, a tin brass goose and a tin brass goat, a long distance train, and the Northwest Wind.
Carl Sandburg’s The American Songbag: songs he collected traveling a country that was as pretty as it was hard.
Carl Sandburg was a tall tale. Yes, he was only a man. But, his words were Paul Bunyan; his words were John Henry: impossibly real. The way Sandburg wrote, he gave life to anything and everything around him: from mountains to oceans, from prairies to rows of corn or cotton. Skyscrapers, too.
An exploration of the Carl Sandburg Archive from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
See and hear Paul Bonesteel, writer, director and editor of ‘The Day Carl Sandburg Died,’ talk about how the film was made: the process, the characters, the interviews, and the history.
Hear Carl Sandburg sing, ‘I Ride an Old Paint,’ recorded sometime in the 1930s or 40s, and published as a part of his The American Songbag. Sandburg: ‘The song smells of saddle leather, sketches ponies and landscapes, and varies in theme from a realistic presentation of the drab Bill Jones and his violent wife to an ethereal prayer and cry of phantom tone.’