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Woody Guthrie: The Long Road to Peekskill with Will Kaufman

The Long Road to Peekskill presents the story of Woody Guthrie's personal transformation from a youthful Oklahoma racist to the ardent anti-racist champion who, along with many others, risked his life holding the line against American fascism during the notorious Peekskill riots of 1949.

Conventionally known for his championing of the poor white Dust Bowl migrants, Guthrie also left an extensive body of songs condemning Jim Crow segregation, lynching and race hatred. Most of these songs were never recorded, but they are the legacy of this remarkable journey that eventually brought Guthrie into the fellowship of Lead Belly, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Paul Robeson.

The Long Road to Peekskill is both a harrowing and uplifting presentation, showing through the example of Woody Guthrie that racists are not born, but made - and that they can be unmade.

Kaufman brings Woody Guthrie's music alive through his superb playing and his insightful commentary. His presentation is illuminating and moving, as well as being a real musical treat.
Prof. Iwan Morgan, University of London

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