1. I was running the folk archive there when the archive was shut down by a rabid born-again Southerner who attacked it because we had recorded that cantankerous, rambling ballad-maker Woody Guthrie. He just then, by the way, recorded “This Land Is Your Land” and I recorded it for the Library of Congress. But they were so severe about it that they cut the whole Library of Congress appropriation out. Later it was put back but the archive didn’t recover for many years.

    — Folklorist Alan Lomax, on the Library of Congress folk archive being censored for recording Woody Guthrie, in an interview that originally aired on Fresh Air in 1990.

  2. alan lomax


    library of congress

    woody guthrie

    this land is your land