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 is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.More by Ed Kilgore