Woody’s Road: Woody Guthrie’s Letters Home, Drawings, Photos, and Other Unburied Treasures

. 2012. 192p. 978-1-61205-521-9. 39.95.
This scrapbook and biography of Woody Guthrie’s family life commemorates what would have been Guthrie’s 100th birthday. Here Edgmon, Guthrie’s younger sister, contributes his letters to her and their father, family photos, personal vignettes, and drawings. Logsdon (The Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing and Other Songs Cowboys Sing) contributes a brief biography. In this family history, Edgmon and Logsdon frequently repeat rather than complement each other. However, many of the documents included will appeal to fans and researchers. The letters Guthrie wrote to his family after the death of his child and letters about his success in the music business bring insight into Guthrie’s personality and relationships.
VERDICT This book is limited in scope and recommended (with some reservations) for readers interested in the iconic musician. Readers seeking an introductory biography of Guthrie will be better served by Elizabeth Partridge’s This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie.

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