4/4. Billy Bragg profiles American folk legend Woody Guthrie (1912-67), who influenced so many yet lived so simply, riding hobo on the trains and hitching his way across the heart of America hit by the great dust storms of the 1930s.
This final edition looks at Guthrie's rise in fame just as his life became chaotic, compounded by the nervous disease inherited from his mother. Contributors include Pete Seeger , Bruce Springsteen , Ramblin' Jack Elliott , Donovan, anti-Ku Klux Klan campaigner Stetson Kennedy , Woody's children Arlo and Nora, and Bob Dylan , who visited Guthrie when he was confined to a hospital.
Robert Ziegler conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra with soprano Maria Kesselman , tenor Richard Coxon and violinist David Garrett , featuring music by Bizet, Victor Herbert and Ivor Novello. Presented by Paul Gambaccini , live from London's Mermaid Theatre.
Paul Merton reads Spike Milligan 's uniquely surreal comic memoirs about the Second World War.
News of an "invasion fleet in the channel" creates chaos because Gunner Milligan omitted the vital word "practice" in his description.
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