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Woody Guthrie comes to Salford

Woody Guthrie comes to Salford
Vinay Patel

The Working Class Movement Library draws on the American folk legend to help bridge a gap in its budget

Folk legend Woody Guthrie, an American academic working in Preston, an avant garde art centre, the Working Class Movement Library in Salford…

…an unusual combination, but we are living through unprecedented times and all kinds of alliances and coalitions are finding common cause.

The Working Class Movement library was founded by life-long communists, Ruth and Eddie Frow. Funded by a mixture of sources including Salford council, the trade union and labour movement and individuals, it is a treasury of books, pamphlets and ephemera documenting the lives of working people. It is an important resource for all kinds of users; from individuals studying their own history to students, and filmmakers such as Ken Loach. But it is now facing cuts to its funding as Salford council reduces spending and supporters are being asked to help fundraise to keep it going.

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