Grown-Up Anger
A tour de force of storytelling years in the making: a dual biography of two of the greatest songwriters, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, that is also a murder mystery and a history of labor relations and socialism, big business and greed in twentieth-century America—woven together in one epic saga that holds meaning for all working Americans today.When thirteen-year-old Daniel Wolff first heard Bob Dylan’s "Like a Rolling Stone," it ignited a life-long interest in understanding the rock poet’s anger. When he later discovered "Song to Woody," Dylan’s tribute to his hero, Woody Guthrie, Wolff believed he’d uncovered one source of Dylan’s rage. Sifting through Guthrie’s recordings, Wolff found "1913 Massacre"—a song which told the story of a union Christmas party during a strike in Calumet, Michigan, in 1913 that ended in horrific tragedy.Following the trail from Dylan to Guthrie to an event that claimed the lives of seventy-four men, women, and children a century ago, Wolff found himself tracing the history of an anger that has been passed down for decades. From America’s early industrialized days, an epic battle to determine the country’s direction has been waged, pitting bosses against workers and big business against the labor movement. In Guthrie’s eyes, the owners ultimately won; the 1913 Michigan tragedy was just one example of a larger lost history purposely distorted and buried in time.In this magnificent cultural study, Wolff braids three disparate strands—Calumet, Guthrie, and Dylan—together to create a devastating revisionist history of twentieth-century America. Grown-Up Anger chronicles the struggles between the haves and have-nots, the impact changing labor relations had on industrial America, and the way two musicians used their fury to illuminate economic injustice and inspire change.

Grown-Up Anger Details

TitleGrown-Up Anger
Author
Formatebook
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 13th, 2017
PublisherHarper
ISBN0062451715
ISBN-139780062451712
Number of pages368 pages
Rating
GenreMusic, History, Nonfiction, Biography, North American Hi..., American History, Labor

Grown-Up Anger Review

  • Craig Werner
    February 11, 2017
    I received an advance copy of this first-rate book from the publisher and my blurb will be appearing on the cover when it's published in June, but might as well have any of you who are interested in Dylan, American music and the relationship between culture and history put it on your lists now.Wolff begins with the 1913 Calumet massacre--in which 73 members of an Upper Michigan mining community, including 60 children, were killed in a stampede almost certainly orchestrated by the company they we I received an advance copy of this first-rate book from the publisher and my blurb will be appearing on the cover when it's published in June, but might as well have any of you who are interested in Dylan, American music and the relationship between culture and history put it on your lists now.Wolff begins with the 1913 Calumet massacre--in which 73 members of an Upper Michigan mining community, including 60 children, were killed in a stampede almost certainly orchestrated by the company they were on strike against. Even if you know about Calumet, you'll learn something new, but Wolff's larger agenda is to provide a primer of the history and potential uses of anger, both political and personal. Reworking the well, but not completely-known story of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, he shows how anger can function in music. The book would serve admirably as an introduction to Dylan and Woody, but even if you've read the mountains of words published about them, as I have, you'll come out seeing things from new angles.
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  • Kristin
    April 8, 2017
    Revolving around mining, music and murder, Daniel Wolff’s Grown- Up Anger explores the 1913 Calumet massacre in Michigan, Woody Guthrie’s political proselytizing beginning in the 1930’s and a young Bob Dylan, destined for musical greatness. Wolff’s narrative introduces “Mother” Ella Reeve Bloor, a revolutionary in labor circles and a witness to the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company Christmas catastrophe, where 73 people died. An angry Mother Bloor relays the devastating details to Woody Guthrie Revolving around mining, music and murder, Daniel Wolff’s Grown- Up Anger explores the 1913 Calumet massacre in Michigan, Woody Guthrie’s political proselytizing beginning in the 1930’s and a young Bob Dylan, destined for musical greatness. Wolff’s narrative introduces “Mother” Ella Reeve Bloor, a revolutionary in labor circles and a witness to the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company Christmas catastrophe, where 73 people died. An angry Mother Bloor relays the devastating details to Woody Guthrie and the rest is a raging history of battling societal constraints through song. This is definitely a relevant read given the state of our current affairs.
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  • J. Andrew
    June 27, 2017
    Could have done without the boomer "history ends in the 60s," navel gazing. Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" is shoehorned into an interesting narrative. Also, the end covers the results of how the boomers failed America in the last chapter without the awareness it was the split between the anti-war movement and labor that destroyed the Roosevelt-Coalition. Which is odd because the book discusses the origin of the coalition...Like most of his generation, Wolff wrote a compelling narrative but Could have done without the boomer "history ends in the 60s," navel gazing. Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" is shoehorned into an interesting narrative. Also, the end covers the results of how the boomers failed America in the last chapter without the awareness it was the split between the anti-war movement and labor that destroyed the Roosevelt-Coalition. Which is odd because the book discusses the origin of the coalition...Like most of his generation, Wolff wrote a compelling narrative but over-looked the lessons of his generation that haunts the hollowed-out landscape of the rust belt.
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