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"During their recent 'Summer for Marriage' tour the National Organization for Marriage played a Peter, Paul & Mary recording of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” during their rallies, without the permission of the artists.

"Kathleen Perrin, a participant on the Courage Campaign's Prop8TrialTracker.com, contacted Peter Yarrow and told him. Yarrow called the use of the song by NOM “heartbreaking” and said that he would be contacting NOM asking them to stop ... "   [READ MORE]

Thanks to qe2 for pointing this out!



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Sep. 1st, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Very awesome of Peter. Thank you for sharing. I've signed the thank you note and posted the link on my facebook.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
How soon they forget -- Woody himself was a leftist of the sort that this ilk would spit upon for being a raving un-American socialist if he were alive today! How much do you wanna bet these folks aren't even aware of the final verses?

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
Sign was painted, it said private property;
But on the back side it didn't say nothing;
This land was made for you and me.

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

In the squares of the city, in the shadow of a steeple;
By the relief office, I'd seen my people.
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking,
Is this land made for you and me?

Good on Peter and Noel for standing up.
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
I appreciate the civil and respectful way they asked them to stop.

I agree with smillaraaq; it's obvious the rally organizers don't know anything about Woodie Guthrie and his social awareness and activism.
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, agree with everyone else-- too funny that they picked Woodie Guthrie of all people as representative of their POV. I am really impressed at the civil and thoughtful tone of the letter Peter and Paul wrote. It is too bad that more people seem to be incapable of that level of discourse.
Sep. 1st, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
The choice of a PPM recording of Woody is pretty mind-boggling, too -- the right-wing fundies I knew back in the 1980s viewed them with deep suspicion because they were a bunch of leftist hippies who sang about drugs. (Mind you, these were also the sort of folks who tended to insist that all rock music had satanic influences, so they probably were a bit more hardcore than most of the DOM folks...but sheesh, you'd still think that surely somebody would think "bunch of aging hippies famous for decades of liberal activism" might not exactly be compatible with their politics.)
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