The People Speak

The People Speak is a History Channel documentary, aired on Dec. 13th in the U.S., based on the books A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History. The film weaves archival footage and interviews with performances by actors and artists such as Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Legend, Matt Damon, Eddie Vedder, Morgan Freeman,and others. Many American musicians have donated their music for this film, including Bruce Springsteen, who contributed «This Land is Your Land».

The song, however, does not appear on the soundtrack CD, for which Springsteen donated an exclusive acoustic version, recently re-recorded, of his song «The Ghost of Tom Joad». The album also includes unreleased versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Randy Newman, Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, John Legend and others.

Another documentary, this time on the election campaign of President Obama, contains Springsteen’s music. It is named By The People, The Election of Barack Obama, whose soundtrack (re-titled By the people, for the people) includes a live acoustic version of «This Land Is Your Land», recorded at Obama’s rally in Ypsilanti, Michigan, on October 6th, 2008. This album is only available in digital form at the iTunes store.

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