Monday, August 27, 2012

A few things picked up at PJMedia -- Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie
Ranger’s Command

“Come all of you cowboys, and don’t ever you run

as long as there’s bullets in both of your guns”

Not part of the chorus: This land is my land, this land ain’t your land, I got a shotgun, and you ain’t got one.

“Guthrie believed … that ‘the money holders’ wanted to ‘think down the radical protestery of all shapes and forms of art,’ and that hence they gave ‘senseless piles of money’ to the ‘blabbery artists of social surrender who boil and skim the radical protest down to nothing.’ He detested those he called ‘Capitalist-sponsored stars’ who, he argued, “have found ways and formulas to squeeze the social good of their art way down below the Nothing (Zero) line.’”

(It’s not been so much the money holders thinking down the radical protests as much as recognizing profitability. When you look at a multi-billion record company paying millions to people who sing about how evil big money is, you have to admire their chutzpah and their correct decision that we would shell out money for records, CDs and concerts.)

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