I have nothing against Billy Bragg and his interest and enthusiasm in Woody is to be admired but I wish as a viewer I didn't have to hear his (in my opinion) horrible versions of these American classics. He is not a bad musician but his accent is too thick to even come close to singing Woody Guthrie music. I understand he knows he can't sing like Woody and I know he wasn't trying to imitate him but I feel this is a self absorbed, very British account of a VERY American character. It didn't work for me.
It's a fact that European people have a HUGE obsession with American music. You can't search for something that is a dream, an idea. He didn't come any closer to finding Woody than anyone else has ever done. There is a huge amount of music, reading and watching that any Guthrie fan can look into to find his spirit and vision without watching this.
This is America, these are songs about America. His enthusiasm is admirable but the movie is about Billy Bragg. he may have found his self, but he didn't find Woody Guthrie. The doc. is about him, not Woody. Read "Bound For Glory" instead.
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