Woody Guthrie was someone who I had never heard of, but nonetheless I have of course felt his influence in my life. He was an artist in many ways, essentially a renaissance man in the early-mid 1900's. His art reflected the times and he as an individual aided the movement of the United States' mentality. He reflected the air of his time. 

"I was there and the dust was there, I thought, well, I better write a little song about it." - Woody Guthrie