Folk Implosion

Billy Bragg and Wilco continue to decipher the mystery and misunderstood legend of Woody Guthrie with the second installment of Mermaid Avenue

So how was Wilco able to wrest the song from him? "They didn't think I had enough respect for baseball," Bragg says dolefully. "They were really nice about it, but they were very emphatic about it. There was no opportunity of debate about this. I had obviously already learned in my discussions with them about American football and soccer that sport is very important to them.

Bragg (far left, standing) and Wilco keep Guthrie's memory alive with Mermaid Avenue Vol II.
Ken Schles
Bragg (far left, standing) and Wilco keep Guthrie's memory alive with Mermaid Avenue Vol II.
Bragg on Guthrie: "People like to think of him as some simple guy; well dammit, he lived half his life in New York City."
Bragg on Guthrie: "People like to think of him as some simple guy; well dammit, he lived half his life in New York City."

"So I accepted it, and I think it sounds great."

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