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338 s western ave
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Woody Guthrie arrived in Los Angeles in 1937 and encountered the same scorn and hatred that other "Okies" received from Californians.

Guthrie found a home at the KFVD radio station singing "old-timey" tunes as well as his own originals.

Together with his singing partner "Lefty Lou" (Maxine Crissman), Guthrie attracted attention to the plight of the Okies, as well as provided songs and stories that reminded them of home.

Guthrie also honed his skill as a political commentator, railing against corruption, injustice, and other violations of human rights. The radio show would last until 1940, when differences between station owner Frank Burke and Guthrie ended the relationship.

photo: Ray MacLean