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My Name is New YorkpowerHouse Books. 2012
Woody Guthrie's prolific output popularized folk music in the 1940s and his presence in New York City helped spark the 1960s folk revival. My name is New York, I’m a brick on a brick I’m a hundred folks running, and ten dying sick I’m a saint, I’m a sinner, a whore and her pimp Your ocean’s the mirror I look in to primp. —“My Name Is New York,” Woody Guthrie Dust bowl troubadour Woody Guthrie first arrived in New York City on February 16, 1940. Although he continued to ramble, for 27 years—...
Roots, Radicals and RockersFaber & Faber. 2017
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth - a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it. It's a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts. Billy traces how the guitar came to the...