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The New Christy Minstrels - This Land Is Your Land

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Uploaded on Aug 24, 2009

An eclectic montage set to the tune of the New Christy Minstrels' version of "This Land is Your Land." The lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie in 1940 in response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America", which Guthrie considered unrealistic and complacent. In 2002, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

The New Christy Minstrels is an American folk music group that came to prominence in the 1960s. Their name deliberately evoked Christy's Minstrels, an enormously popular 19th century blackface minstrel group founded by Edwin Pearce Christy.

Formed by Randy Sparks in 1961, the group had several Top 40 folk music hits, including "This Land Is Your Land", "Green, Green", "Today" and "Ramblin'".

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