Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Woody Guthrie’s “The Land is Your Land,” at the Inaugural Celebration

Here's a video of folk legend Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen singing Woody Guthrie’s “The Land is Your Land,” at the inaugural concert yesterday. Pete Seeger, at 89, must have particularly relished singing at the Lincoln Memorial after being blacklisted as a commie in the 50s. This is not the original version however. This was shot by a German team and posted on YouTube. (Here it is Woody Guthrie’s “The Land is Your Land”.)

The original version was created by HBO, who made a fuss and had it removed complaining that their exclusive rights to the event were being violated.
Well now that we're all aware of HBO's "rights", their Public Relations should, if they're smart, put the original version back on, as a "courtesy". An action that will undoubtedly create positive press.

By the way, did you know that Guthrie clan's motto is "Stands for Truth"?
For more details check out Peace Arena -

http://peacearena.org/2009/01/this-land-belongs-to-you-and-me-but-the-inaugural-concert-belongs-to-hbo/.