Woody Guthrie Predicted Punk
UPDATE 3/31/16: FBI MANDATED DECLARATION. Last month we created this website and forged this declassified FBI document in the spirit of fun to give our new song an extra sense of historical context. We wrote the lyrics about Woody Guthrie dreaming about a punk band first, sometime last year, and then we decided it would be fun to create a document and story that made it seem like he actually had done so a few months ago. When we launched this song and the WoodyGuthriePredictedPunk.com website, we were surprised to see many people sharing the news on social media as if it was real. We thought nothing of it until last week we were visited by two Boston office FBI agents who were curious why we had declassified documents that they had no knowledge of. It wasn't a matter of censoring the news that Woody predicted punk, you see, but more of an issue of access. We immediately came clean and confessed that we had fabricated the document and the story, never believing anyone would take it all that seriously. We are being allowed to keep this website up and running only upon posting this corrective note. We apologize for wasting the Federal Bureau of Investigation's time and apologize to anyone we fooled with our promotional effort.
Original Text: Over the last few years, I've used the Freedom of Information Act to request many musicians' FBI files to see how interested, or not interested, the government was in various entertainers, songwriters, and musicians of decades past. In the hundreds of pages I've received, I've come across several astounding facts. What you'll see here is a transcript of a surreptitiously recorded conversation between folk legends Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger from the early 1950's. This conversation goes on for pages and pages, but I was struck in the middle by Woody's rather mundane recounting of a dream that sounds an awful lot like he predicted punk rock. This was the kernel of the idea for our new song “We Have The Perimeter Surrounded”, which is the first single from our new album A Band Is Something To Figure Out, out April 12th 2016.