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In our second US100 podcast episode, Jarek and the guys make themselves a little more comfortable in their New York City surroundings, settling into Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, the epicentre of the folk revival movement.

Recorded mere hours after the 2016 US Presidential election result was announced, Jarek pertinently explains this period of US musical and political history, in which the old traditional songs of the factories, mines, and plantations were given a mainstream and politicised platform by Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger - and we even discover a Guthrie-Trump link along the way. We then explore how folk music was taken into strange new directions by Bob Dylan and later Simon & Garfunkel, at one point dropping into the 1965 Newport Folk Festival to catch the headline act.

Meanwhile Chris entertains us once again with his unique lyrical interpretations, declaring This Land Is Your Land to be an admission of Woody’s criminal guilt, while speculating that Simon & Garfunkel’s America is in fact Paul Simon’s Fear and Loathing (in Michigan) moment. Most importantly, this episode sees the organic birth of the US100’s MAKE AMERICA ENJOYABLE AGAIN motto, since immortalised in red baseball cap form. Finally the guys craft a plan for getting a certificate to Bob Dylan.

As always, if you like the music and hate the chat, all songs featured within the episode can be listened to in full through the Spotify B Side.

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