Vigilante Man

Happy birthday, Woody Guthrie, 100 years old today.

Since private security men are back in the news–as well as economic Depression–I thought we might have “Vigilante Man” to mark the occasion.

The film’s from the 1975 documentary, “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?”, and Mike Davis has a long essay [77 pp.], ‘What is a Vigilante Man?: White Violence in California History’ over here [pdf], in case you want to read more.


  1. Been on my mind lately, Woody Guthrie. Probably not least for the last two verses of Pretty Boy Floyd.

    Quote | Posted 14 July, 2012, 4:45 pm

  2. And here’s a link to what is I think my favourite Woody Guthrie cover, “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos / Deportess”, performed by the Dubliners, with Seán Cannon singing.

    Quote | Posted 15 July, 2012, 12:26 pm

  3. I used to possess this album until it mysteriously went missing in the house where I was living in Oxford about twenty years ago. Should the person who walked off with it happen to be reading, I guess they must as well keep it now…

    Quote | Posted 15 July, 2012, 2:54 pm

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