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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.
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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.
July 27, 2017
Maybe a little more Michigan mining history than the average music fan needs, but Wolff does a great job situating the careers of Guthrie and Dylan in the context of the American labor movement. I reviewed Grown-Up Anger for The Current.
September 14, 2017
I enjoyed this quite a bit, though, for me the history of Calumet was more interesting than the Bob Dylan portions. It bounces around a bit, I'm not much of a Dylan fan, so those parts dragged for me, the rest of it was pretty interesting and written in an engaging style.
April 08, 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,...
July 12, 2017
Take a piece of blank paper and draw a horizontal line, say 2 inches across. At the right end write the name Woody Guthrie and at the left end write Bob Dylan. A little to the right of the center place a hash mark and write Calumet massacre. Color the whole page Angry (with a capital A).
August 26, 2017
The historical look at Woody Guthrie and the labor movement and progressive struggles of America are interesting.
The writer's ability to see Bob Dylan as important, Nobel Prize aside, is consistently frustrating. Reading this during the reign of D Trump provides a background of frustration. The n...
August 08, 2017
This is an interesting juggle between the life of Woody Guthrie(which was fascinating), the Calumet disaster and Bob Dylan. I think the hardest part was tying Dylan's anger into Guthrie's anger and then tying that back to Calumet. As a piece of creative non-fiction it finds a way to tell these th...
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 ant...
July 06, 2017
The biggest takeaway from this for me was that Woody Guthrie's dad was a raging racist, and Woody had to learn otherwise as an adult.
The book was far more interesting when discussing the bloody history of organized labor than when discussing Dylan or Guthrie.
Only of real interest to those who are...
August 11, 2017
This is a well written account of the decline and fall of the Unions, Capitalism and economic equality in America. Although one can argue the latter was never achieved, it does successfully show how the gap has widened. The book does shed a fair amount of light on those events glossed over in the...