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Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

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Audio interviews

Nora Guthrie on her father Woody (1999)

Interview by Chris Smith, Rock's Backpages audio, 15 January 1999

Nora Guthrie talks about setting up the Woody Guthrie archive: discovering, preserving and cataloging old paperwork; the involvement of archivist Jorge Arevalo; setting up the travelling exhibit with the Smithsonian; taking it to Woody's home state of Oklahoma; the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert, tribute albums by other artists, and putting Woody into a present day context with the help of artists like Billy Bragg.

File format: mp3; file size: 52mb, interview length: 54' 11" sound quality: ***

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Folk albums of 1962: Fad To Staple — Disks Reflect 'Arrival' of Folk Music As Part of Country's Popular Arts

Review by Robert Shelton, The New York Times, 28 April 1963

A LONGER perspective may revise the view, but it appears from a distance of a few months that 1962 was the year when the folk-music ...

Albums from Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and more

Review by Robert Shelton, The New York Times, 27 February 1966

An Old Folk Line On a New Label ...

Leadbelly: Leadbelly Sings Folk Songs (Xtra 1064)

Review by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 21 December 1968

"LEADBELLY is a hard name" says Woody Guthrie, "and the hard name of a harder man." The late Woody is quoted (from the book, American ...

Growin’ Fat on the Grapes of Wrath

Retrospective by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, 23 July 1977

LAST YEAR they tried it with Leadbelly, the year before it was Lenny Bruce, this year they're doing it with Woody Guthrie. It seems like, ...

Woody Guthrie: Columbia River Collection

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 13 February 1988

THE LEGEND dwarfs the artist. His tragic life, his hard times have somehow cast his potent roots music into the shadows; if you can lay ...

'The Star Spangled Banner'

Comment by Dave Marsh, Vox, November 1990

WHEN SINEAD O'CONNOR refused to allow 'The Star Spangled Banner' to be performed at her late August concert at the Garden State Arts Center in ...

'The Star Spangled Banner'

Comment by Dave Marsh, Vox, November 1990

WHEN SINEAD O'Connor refused to allow 'The Star Spangled Banner' to be performed at her late August concert at the Garden State Arts Center in ...

Woody Guthrie: Glory Days

Retrospective by Len Brown, Record Hunter, January 1991

Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan may never have strummed a note had it not been for the influence of the folk pioneer, Woody Guthrie. So ...

Songs For Woody: Billy Bragg & Wilco's Mermaid Avenue

Review by RJ Smith, The Village Voice, 7 July 1998

WOODY GUTHRIE bequeathed us his jumble. Willing in life to play straight man for many right causes, in death he left a tangle of words ...

Moe Asch

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, 'Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music', 2001

b. Moses Asch, 1905, Warsaw, Poland, d. 19 October 1986, New York, USA ...

Woody Guthrie

Book Excerpt by Gene Santoro, 'Highway 61 Revisited...', 2004

ON APRIL 16, 1944, a slight, wiry-haired man with a guitar and harmonica wandered into Moe Asch's little recording studio on West 46 Street off ...

Woody Guthrie: My Dusty Road

Review by Colin Irwin,, 5 October 2009

A chance to grasp the full essence of the man behind the legend. ...

Woody Guthrie

Retrospective by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, December 2009

THE SMALL, GRIZZLED man in the check shirt indicated he'd like a cigarette. The small, curly-haired, young man sitting opposite handed him a Raleigh. The ...

John Szwed: The Man Who Recorded the World – A Biography of Alan Lomax

Book Review by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 8 January 2011

Richard Williams hails the man who devoted his life to recording the songs and soundscapes of America and beyond. ...

Woody Guthrie: House of Earth

Review by Michel Faber, The Guardian, 14 February 2013

Michel Faber asks if this explicit novel of poverty and sex is any more than a historic curio. ...

Woody Guthrie: House of Earth ***

Book Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, April 2013

America's greatest folkie turns out to be such a wonderfully weird "novelist" he needs inverted commas, says Phil Sutcliffe ...

Ani DiFranco Seeks a Higher Truth

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Cape Cod Times, August 2016

"THE IMPORTANT thing in poetry or songwriting is to ignore the facts and tell the truth," says singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco, on the phone from her ...

see also Arlo Guthrie


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