quote by John Mellencamp

A lot of Woody Guthrie's songs were taken from other songs. He would rework the melody and lyrics, and all of a sudden it was a Woody Guthrie song.

— John Mellencamp

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What I'm doing is basically the same as Bob Dylan did with folk songs and Woody Guthrie songs, the same as folk music's always done. I'm not going to sing about ploughing, but I'll write a song that sounds like it should be about ploughing.

Renaissance cowboy/raconteur Pop Wagner .

..deadpan funny ...his presence is like meeting Woody Guthrie and Will Rogers riding a single, many colored horse. Pop is a kind of 'textile genius' who is able to spin, at once, both yarn and rope.

If Woody Guthrie set the bar for American songwriters, Bob Dylan jumped right over it. No one I know will ever come close to possessing the beauty of melody and the use of language that Dylan shares with us, with ease.

I have two mini huskies called Woody Guthrie and Edison Guthrie.

Even with politics, stuff comes around again. Woody Guthrie would recognize America today.

Woody Guthrie was what folks who don't believe in anything would call an anomaly.

Then about 12 years ago it dawned on me that folk music - the music of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, early Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger - could be as heavy as anything that comes through a Marshall stack. The combination of three chords and the right lyrical couplet can be as heavy as anything in the Metallica catalogue.

My musical heroes are people like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie who wrote and sang real songs for real people; for everyone, old, young, and in between.

I think when people think of music from coming from Oklahoma, they think of Toby Keith or even Garth Brooks or even Woody Guthrie. People think, "Why do we have to just be about the Bible and about football? Why can't we be about something like the Flaming Lips?" And I salute them! I say, "Well, that's great if you want that."

I did admire the comments and the music of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

And that didn't fly too well in the Deep South. It was not quite redneck enough.

After an initial solo album in which the young [Bob] Dylan was just finding his voice (i.e., reinventing himself from the middle-class Robert Zimmerman into a pseudo-hobo Woody Guthrie), Dylan put out two acoustic albums that forever changed popular music.

I liked the American folk style of Woody Guthrie.

Celtic music is part of the language in Scotland and Ireland, where every kid and grandparent knows those songs, music by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Hank Snow is getting entrenched here. They are part of our cultural language. It's part of a living treasure. It doesn't just belong to a museum.

I was a working-class kid from Boston.

But I never lost my accent because I felt like that was what I was doing. I didn't have to perform Woody Guthrie like Bob Dylan did in the '60s, I just had to make myself be Eileen Myles and let that be my shield.

I always knew that sooner or later there would come somebody like Woody Guthrie who could make a great song every week. Dylan certainly had a social agenda, but he was such a good poet that most of his attempts were head and shoulders above things that I and others were trying to do. ... If I had an address, I'd send him a birthday card saying, 'keep on going.'

I fell in love with folk music at Surprise Lake Camp.

It was the songs of Woody Guthrie and the Weavers.

I came along and was a teenager in the Depression, and nobody had jobs.

So I went out hitchhiking, when I met a man named Woody Guthrie. He was the single biggest part of my education.

I can remember back as far as age 8, performing with the Boston Folk Song Society. It was a Woody Guthrie song.

The Gulf Stream waters of Woody Guthrie's famous song were strung with columns of oil that were several miles long.

You'll find God in the church of your choice, you'll find Woody Guthrie in the Brooklyn State Hospital.

The spirit of Woody Guthrie lives in the heart of Chris Chandler.

In writing songs, I've learned as much from Cezanne as I have from Woody Guthrie.

It sounds like something from a Woody Guthrie song, but it's true; I was raised in a freight car.

You could listen to Woody Guthrie songs and actually learn how to live.

Because Dickens and Dostoyevsky and Woody Guthrie were telling their stories much better than I ever could, I decided to stick to my own mind.

My best songs were written very quickly.

Just about as much time as it takes to write it down is about as long as it takes to write it...In writing songs I've learned as much from Cezanne as I have from Woody Guthrie...It's not me, it's the songs. I'm just the postman, I deliver the songs...I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.

the fact that they stole their whole shtick from Woody Guthrie and the coal-mining bards. While the alternative nation meows about personal fashion angst, the Appalachian nation still sings about unemployment.

I was in my late 20s, in the process of shaping my musical outlook and what I wanted it to be about, when I first encountered Woody Guthrie.

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