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Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie and “Old Man Trump”

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Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie and “Old Man Trump”

Time: April 15, 2019 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Beacon Sloop Club
Street: 2 Red Flynn Dr
City/Town: Beacon
Website or Map: http://http//:www.beaconsloop…
Phone: (845) 463-4660, (914) 879-1082
Event Type: free, lecture, and, book, signing
Organized By: Alan Thomas
Latest Activity: Apr 12, 2019

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    On Monday April 15that 7:00 pm The Beacon Sloop Club’s 2018 Winter Lecture Series Presents:  Will Kaufman’s Woody Guthrie and “Old Man Trump”, asong-and-spoken-word “live documentary” telling the story of Guthrie’s battles against his racist Brooklyn landlord. In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved his family into a new apartment in Brooklyn’s Beach Haven. His new landlord, it turned out, was none other than Fred Trump, father of the US President.

      In 2014, Will discovered, buried in the archives, Guthrie’s previously unpublished song lyrics and other writings condemning Fred Trump’s racism. He has now turned these discoveries into a new music and spoken-word presentation. The show brings to life all the anger and contempt that Guthrie felt for those in power who will deny justice to their fellow human beings on account of the color of their skin.

      Against the backdrop of Guthrie’s racial awakening and emergent activism, Will introduces such previously unheard songs as “Trump Made a Tramp Out of Me” and “Beach Haven Ain’t My Home,” along with a host of other Guthrie songs about racial injustice and struggle. In all, we hear Woody Guthrie speaking and singing from beyond the grave, warning us about the dangers of ignoring and repeating history.

    Will Kaufman – singer, multi-instrumentalist, and Professor of American Studies – is recognised as the world’s leading authority on Woody Guthrie. He is the author of Woody Guthrie, American Radical (2011), Woody Guthrie’s Modern World Blues(2017), and Mapping Woody Guthrie(forthcoming 2019) and will have copies available for sale.

    This free event is open to all. For more information visit our website www.beaconsloopclub.orgor call (845) 463-4660, (914) 879-1082



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