this land is your land
Despite the conventional wisdom that patriotism means "my country -- right or wrong" and is best displayed by blind flag-waving, to many Americans patriotism means loyalty to a set of principles, and thus requires dissent and criticism when those in power violate those standards.
Musicians from East Los Angeles have a long tradition of using their talents to draw attention to complex social and political issues.
After 94 years, on January 27, 2014, the world lost Pete Seeger. The world is the lesser for that loss. I met and spoke to Pete Seeger a few times and can attest to his steady determination and uplifting spirit.
If any further proof were needed that "This Land Is Your Land" is not a nationalistic anthem for the United States, but an ode to internationalism and collectivism, the earliest published text provides it. Instead of the familiar chorus delineating the lower 48, it includes Canada, too!
Surely if Guthrie -- best known for "This Land Is Your Land," often considered America's alternative national anthem -- were alive today, he'd be writing songs about families fighting bank foreclosures, university students protesting tuition increases, workers organizing and people mobilizing for immigrants rights.
91 year old Pete Seeger recently told a Rolling Stone journalist that his new album, Tomorrow's Children, is "the most inspiring
Pete Seeger and actor Mark Ruffalo traveled to Albany Tuesday to push for a moratorium on hydrofracking. The two celebrities
In putting together "This Land is Your Land," Woody Guthrie wrote about the Depression and the Dust Bowl, and he captured with simplicity and clarity the hurt and hunger of the ordinary American.