Yesterday was Bruce Springsteen Day at the South By Southwest music and media festival in Austin, Texas, at least to judge by The Boss's domination of the day's events: A keynote address on the state of American music and society, a two-hour-plus show with a full E-Street Band, tributes to the late saxophone player Clarence Clemons (and the introduction of Clemons' nephew Jake as a new band member).
But the real hero of the day appeared to be Woody Guthrie. This year mark's the 100th anniversary of the legendary troubadour's birth, and Springsteen went out of his way to discuss Guthrie's legacy in his address, and started the evening's show with a version of the 1938 song "I Ain't Got No Home".
But the real highlight came at the end, with a singalong version of Guthrie's landmark song "This Land Is Your Land", performed with a full E-Street Band and a stage full of guests: Arcade Fire, Tom Morello, Eric Burdon of The Animals (who The Boss had cited as a major influence earlier in the day, only to finally meet him for the first time that night), The Low Anthem, Joe Ely and Alejandro Escovedo.
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What would Guthrie himself make of seeing his songs still being sung 100 years after his birth? Here are his thoughts on what he thought made a song worthwhile:
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