Bruce Springsteen has gained the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize, which is given to an artist seen as carrying on the spirit of the people singer whose music centered on the plight of the poor and disenfranchised.
Guthrie, who grew up in Okemah, Oklahoma, was one of the vital essential figures in American people music and penned lots of of songs, together with some that The Boss has carried out over time.
“Woody wrote among the best songs about America’s wrestle to reside up its beliefs in convincing trend,” Springsteen stated in an announcement Tuesday. The New Jersey rocker known as Guthrie, who died in 1967 at age 55, “certainly one of my most essential influences.”
Springsteen and former prize recipient Pete Seeger carried out Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” at Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential inauguration.
Deana McCloud, who heads the Woody Guthrie Heart in Tulsa, stated in a information launch that, “As an observer of the human situation and a reporter concerning the plight of frequent individuals, Bruce Springsteen is a real baby of Woody Guthrie.”
“The Woody Guthrie Heart is proud to current Bruce with this well-deserved recognition for his lifetime of talking for the disenfranchised and galvanizing generations to seek out the facility of their very own voices,” she added.
Joan Baez, Chuck D, John Mellencamp, Norman Lear, Kris Kristofferson and Mavis Staples are among the many previous recipients of the award.
Springsteen can be honored throughout a digital ceremony on Might 13.