Washington, DC -- In honor of the Woody Guthrie Centennial, a year-long celebration of Woody's 100th birthday, Smithsonian Folkways presents an in-depth commemorative collection of songs, photos and essays on one of America's most treasured 20th-century icons. Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection is a 150-page large-format book containing three CDs with 57 tracks, including Woody's most important recordings such as the complete version of "This Land Is Your Land," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Pastures of Plenty," "Hard Travelin'," "Jesus Christ," "I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore," and "Riding in My Car." The set also contains 21 previously unreleased performances and six never-before-heard original songs, including Woody's first known — and recently discovered — recordings from 1939.
The Smithsonian Folkways archives hold the largest collection of Woody's recordings (he recorded hundreds of songs for Folkways Records founder Moses Asch). Visit folkways.si.edu/woodyat100 to:
Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (1912–1967), who would have turned 100 on July 14, 2012, wrote songs that became the soundtrack of an era and permanent fixtures of American identity. His early Dust Bowl ballads, along with more than 3,000 work songs, union and labor songs, political and philosophical songs, anti-war songs, anti-Nazi songs, love songs and children's songs, marked the pulse of hard-hit people in times of economic depression and war. Many have embraced "This Land Is Your Land" as America's second national anthem. Woody was ordinary, yet extraordinary — a traveler, itinerant worker, radio performer, military enlistee, thinking man, gifted visual artist, a husband and father, and prolific writer who left his mark on music, culture and politics. He struggled with family tragedies, poverty and personal demons.
Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection is richly illustrated with photos, artifacts and Woody's visual art and lyrics – plus extensive essays on Guthrie and his songs. Woody at 100 commemorates and displays the genius of one of the greatest songwriters, musicians and visual artists of the 20th century.
The book features essays by co-producers Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy® Museum and author of "This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song," and Jeff Place, Grammy®-winning archivist for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and producer of several Woody Guthrie collections and exhibitions.
Four of the unreleased performances, including original songs "Skid Row Serenade" and "Them Big City Ways," are Woody's earliest known recordings, made in 1939 while he was working for KFVD radio station in Los Angeles. The set also includes a medley performed in 1940 on Lead Belly's WNYC radio show. The book offers an extensive biography of the artist and background information on each track.
*Visit folkways.si.edu/woodyat100 for a sneak preview featuring an unreleased song and pre-order packages including a limited-edition poster, T-shirt, and instant album download. Instant album downloads are available only with the purchase of pre-order packages. Pre-order packages will ship approximately the week of July 2. Woody at 100 will also be available for digital download and streaming from all major music retailers July 10.
For more information on the year-long Woody Guthrie Centennial celebration visit www.woody100.com
1. This Land Is Your Land (Alternate Version)
2. Pastures of Plenty
3. Riding in My Car (Car Song)
4. The Grand Coulee Dam
5. Talking Dust Bowl
6. So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust)
7. Ramblin' Round
8. Philadelphia Lawyer
9. Hard Travelin'
10. Pretty Boy Floyd
11. Hobo's Lullaby
12. Talking Columbia
13. The Sinking of the Reuben James
14. Jesus Christ
15. Gypsy Davy
16. New York Town
17. Going Down the Road (Feeling Bad)
18. Hard, Ain't It Hard
19. The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done (The Great Historical Bum)
20. This Land Is Your Land (Standard Version)
21. Jarama Valley
22. Why, Oh Why?
23. I've Got to Know
1. Better World A-Comin'
2. When That Great Ship Went Down (The Great Ship)
3. A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week
4. Talking Centralia
5. 1913 Massacre
6. Dirty Overalls
7. My Daddy (Flies a Ship in the Sky)
8. Worried Man Blues
9. Hangknot, Slipknot
10. Buffalo Skinners
11. Howdi Do
12. Jackhammer John
13. The Ranger's Command
14. So Long, It's Been Good to Know You (WWII Version)
15. What Are We Waiting On?
17. Ludlow Massacre
18. Bad Lee Brown (Cocaine Blues)
19. Two Good Men
20. Farmer-Labor Train
21. The Jolly Banker
22. We Shall Be Free
The Los Angeles Recordings
1. I Ain't Got No Home (In This World Anymore)*
2. Them Big City Ways**
3. Do Re Mi*
4. Skid Row Serenade**
5. Radio Program: The Ballad Gazette With Woody Guthrie
6. BBC: Children's Hour July 7, 1944
7. People's Songs Hootenanny
8. WNYC Radio Program: Folk Songs of America December 12, 1940
9. Reckless Talk**
10. All Work Together
11. My Little Seed
12. Goodnight Little Cathy**
**Previously Unreleased Original Song
Produced by Robert Santelli and Jeff Place.
About the Centennial (courtesy www.woody100.com)
Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma. Over the decades, his songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well-oiled track. They've become the folk song standards of the nation, and also known and performed in many languages throughout the world. "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Pastures of Plenty," "Hard Travelin'," "Deportees," "Roll On Columbia," "Vigilante Man" and "This Land Is Your Land" are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music.
The Grammy® Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Family / Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc., and the Woody Guthrie Archives to create the Centennial celebrations. The year-long celebration will include a host of concerts, programs and events taking place throughout the country and across the pond.
woody100.com is a joint effort of The Grammy® Museum, the Woody Guthrie Archives and Woody Guthrie Publications, created as a hub for all upcoming activities taking place across America and around the world, throughout 2012.
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