Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie

Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, & the Calumet Massacre of 1913

by Daniel Wolff
$16.99
sku: 542-596
A tour de force of storytelling years in the making: a dual biography of two of the greatest songwriters, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, that is also a murder mystery and a history of labor relations and socialism, big business and greed in 20th century America—woven together in one epic saga that holds meaning for all working Americans today.

Following a trail from Dylan to Guthrie to an event that claimed the lives of seventy-four men, women, and children a century ago, the author found himself tracing the history of an anger that has been passed down for decades. From America’s early industrialized days, an epic battle to determine the country’s direction has been waged, pitting bosses against workers and big business against the labor movement. In Guthrie’s eyes, the owners ultimately won; the 1913 Michigan tragedy was just one example of a larger lost history purposely distorted and buried in time.

In this magnificent cultural study, Wolff chronicles the struggles between the haves and have-nots, the impact changing labor relations had on industrial America, and the way two musicians used their fury to illuminate economic injustice and inspire change. 354 pp.