A reader writes:
Here’s a footnote to your posting of “This Land Is Your Land” you may find interesting. This part you may already know: Woody Guthrie was a registered Communist, that by “This Land Is Your Land” he meant literally that there should be no such thing as private property, and that he wrote the song specifically as a rebuttal to the explosive popularity of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”
Here’s the footnote: In 1989, the Grammy Awards put Guthrie’s recording into the “Grammy Hall Of Fame,” a category reserved for material that existed before the Grammys existed or that in retrospect was embarrassingly ignored. Then in 1999, they included the recording in a 4-CD set called The Ultimate Grammy Box.
But they censored it!