Strokes of Electricity
January 16 – February 6, 2015
"Having lived through some of the most significant historical events and movements of the Twentieth-Century – the Great Depression, the Great Dust Storm, World War II, the social and the political upheavals resulting from Unionism, the Communist Party and the Cold War – Wood absorbed it all to become a prolific writer whose songs, ballads, prose and poetry captured the plight of every man. While traveling throughout the American landscape during the 1930’s, ‘40’s, and ‘50’s, Woody’s observations of what he saw and experienced has left us a lasting and sometimes haunting legacy of images, sounds, and voices of the marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed people with who he struggled to survive despite all odds. Although the corpus of the original Woody Guthrie songs – or as Woody preferred, “people’s songs” – are perhaps his most recognized contribution to American culture, the stinging honesty, pithy humor and sharp wit evident in his most vernacular prose writings underscore Woody’s fervent belief in social, political, and spiritual justice."
- Jorge Arevalo, Curator, Woody Guthrie Archives, NYC