Wednesday, 4 July 2012

In honour of Independence Day

I love many Americans - family, Woody Guthrie, Angela Davis, Thoreau ('many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book'), Whitman, Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Huey Long to some extent, CartmanCesar Chavez, Denis Kucinich, Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Emma Goldman, Stokely Carmichael (immigrants, but aren't they all?) and all sorts of glorious heroes and misfits. I must confess to only having visited Fayetteville (go, Razorbacks) and Eureka Springs, both in Arkansas, and apart from the Confederate flag-wavers, the people I met were very lovely indeed.

But never mind them. Here are a couple of very sweary clips of American-European cultural differences you might enjoy.

The other two I can't embed, but you'll find them here and here.

Meanwhile, as it seems appropriate, here's Woody Guthrie's 'Jolly Banker'.

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