And the Dust Bowl Ballads
A visual biography of Woody Guthrie – perhaps the greatest, most enduring singer-songwriter to ever live.
Forged in the Dustbowl of the 1930s, in an America crippled by the Great World Recession, this humble man found solace in song, and soon those songs became the voice of the People – men and women who had seen their lives deracinated and destroyed by the vicissitudes of global economic forces beyond their control.
Guthrie’s influence lives on, a touchstone for Bob Dylan, The Clash and the protest singers of the Occupy movement today. With a delighted eye, and an ear for a tune, Nick Hayes’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Rime of the Modern Mariner brings a legend to life with a generous spirit and crackling moral force its subject would have been proud of.
“Holds within its pages a tremendous sense of time and place… Hayes has set out on an ambitious path and creates a vivid and unforgiving picture.”
“An inventive and expansive biography worthy of its subject.”
“A step up [for Hayes] in ambition and execution… An inventive and expansive biography worthy of its subject.”
Doug Johnstone, Big Issue
“In a handsome square format, with open spreads as wide as the land itself, Hayes captures the man and the times in his lyrical writing and brush artwork.”
“This is a passionate picture of Guthrie and his times.”
James Smart, Guardian
“Woody Guthrie And The Dust Bowl Ballads is simply splendid. Hayes’ strong graphic hand and integrated text are wonders to pore over and return to.”
Ken Hunt, R2 Magazine