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Doctor John Lyr Req: Mean Talking Blues (Woody Guthrie) (74* d) RE: Lyr Req: Mean talking blues--Woody Guthrie 29 Aug 99

I wonder how accurate Joe Klein's biography was in fact. A minor point this but JK describes Cisco as "dark" while Jimmy Longhi describes him as "blond". Now JL knew him and later describes him dyeing his hair to look like an Arab so here we can tell who is right. Now this is a trivial point but one we can check; but what about the more important and deeper points that we can't. I guess JK just saw a B&W photo. We've heard some unkind things said about Woody. All I can know is what I've learned from his songs, writings and LofC interview. He comes over to me as a honest, decent man who cares about his fellow human beings. Not the sort of distant (although not necessarily hypocritical) caring of someone in an air conditioned office but of someone who lived the life first hand. People in the early stages of HD are often accused of being drunk because of slurred speech and unsteady gait; another side of the disease is they cannot feel empathy and they are often sexually uninhibited. They have unpredictable mood swings and can be very aggressive. The sad part is they are still aware of what is happening to them and can't do anything to stop it. It destroys families as well as the sufferers. Talking about the personalities of folk singers, did anyone meet Bascom Lamar Lunsford? Dr John

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