Seeds of Man: An Experience Lived and Dreamed

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University of Nebraska Press, 1976 - Music - 401 pages
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Seeds of Man is based on Woody Guthrie’s adventurous 1931 trip through Texas. Nineteen-year-old Woody, accompanied by family members, drives from Pampa in the Panhandle to the rugged Big Bend country in a wheezing Model-T Ford truck. They are searching for a silver mine that Uncle Jeff had discovered and then lost. This autobiographical novel, originally published in 1976—nearly ten years after Woody Guthrie’s death—shows how his father’s search for riches was a dead-end street. The characters dare and do, drink Papa’s high-proof whiskey, eat out of cans, meet real characters, make love, and sing the lively songs composed by Woody along the way.

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User Review  - Mat - Goodreads

Great book. I liked this even more than Bound for Glory although I know that Woody worked on this book in fits and starts, keeping certain parts, revising others and interestingly enough, it is based ... Read full review

Review: Seeds of Man: An Experience Lived and Dreamed

User Review  - Arthur - Goodreads

I have read this book about five times from 1980 and I'm just going to read it again. A great book by a young man ready to live his life fully into the greatness it was. Songs made up by Woody as they ... Read full review

About the author (1976)

Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) wrote more than a thousand folk songs, including many for children. Woody loved babies and he loved trains. His rail journeys across the country inspired some of his most famous songs, including "This Train is Bound for Glory" and "This Land is Your Land." His song "New Baby Train" was recently recorded for the first time by Kim Wilson on the CD, Daddy O Daddy.
Marla Frazee has created many acclaimed picture books, including the lullaby Hush, Little Baby, a Folk Song with Pictures. As a longtime fan of Woody Guthrie and American roots music, Frazee approached this project with a desire to capture Woody's spirit, playfulness, and era. She visited train museums, studied photographs of the Dust Bowl, and listened to a lot of Woody's music while working on this book. She works in a small cabin in the backyard of the house she shares with her husband and three sons in Pasadena, California.

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