Folk America (2009– )

This Land is Your Land 

Three-part documentary series on American folk music, tracing its history from the recording boom of the 1920s to the folk revival of the 1960s.


Jill Nicholls


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Episode credited cast:
Bernard Hill ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Cohen John Cohen ... Himself
Steve Earle ... Himself
Honeyboy Edwards ... Himself (as David 'Honeyboy' Edwards)
Jack Elliott ... Himself (as Ramblin' Jack Elliott)
Ronnie Gilbert Ronnie Gilbert ... Herself
Mary Jo Guthrie Mary Jo Guthrie ... Herself
Nora Guthrie Nora Guthrie ... Herself
Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie ... Himself (archive footage)
Marybeth Hamilton Marybeth Hamilton ... Herself - Historian
Ellen Hawes Ellen Hawes ... Herself
Fred Hellerman Fred Hellerman ... Himself
Burl Ives ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Klein ... Himself
Leadbelly Leadbelly ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lead Belly)


In the depression of the 1930s, John Lomax found convicted murderer Leadbelly in a southern jail. Leadbelly's music was never quite as pure and untouched by pop as Lomax believed, but it set a new agenda for folk music, redefining it as the voice of protest, the voice of the outsider and the oppressed. Dustbowl drifter Woody Guthrie fitted the mold perfectly and the two of them teamed up with Lomax's son Alan, Pete Seeger and Josh White - a group of friends who believed 'they could make a better world if they all got together and just sang about it'. Their songs and their radical politics took them to high places of influence, but brought about their downfall in the blacklisting 1950s. Written by Jill Nicholls

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30 January 2009 (UK) See more »

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