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'This Land Is Your Land,' A Tribute By Robert Santelli

Rachel Solomon
06/14/2012 at 8:00 p.m.

You sang it in elementary school, summer camp or church, and you probably still remember the lyrics. Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" is arguably the most iconic American folk song, and at one point, there was even a movement to make it the alternative national anthem — before people started realizing the political messages hidden in some of the seldom–sung verses.

Robert Santelli unravels the song and the life of Woody Guthrie in this talk recorded at the Elliott Bay Book Company on May 23, 2012.


Robert Santelli is the executive director of the Grammy Museum and the author of "This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie And The Journey Of An American Folk Song."

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