79 years ago today, the Oklahoma outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd was killed by the FBI. Woody Guthrie wrote a song comparing him favorably with capitalists and their hireling lawmen, and it was recorded by an awful lot of great singers. Here’s Joan Baez’ version, recorded in 1962.
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
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