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Guthrie Centennial Roundup

As you’ve probably heard, Woody Guthrie would have been 100 years old last Saturday. Though I’ve been a fan of Guthrie’s for years, I feel like that relationship is still in its infancy. I’ve just proposed to write a chapter in my dissertation about him and his connection to the labor movement in the 30s, so that relationship is about to get much more intimate.

I celebrated Woody Guthrie’s centennial by teaching my kids all of the verses to the songs “This Land is Your Land” and “So Long, its Been Good to Know Yuh” and we sang them over and over again all last week. I’ve caught them several times in their rooms or riding their bikes singing Woody’s lyrics to themselves. They love those songs. I can’t wait to teach them a bunch more.

Despite all the singing, I’m still combing through all of the articles published last week to celebrate Guthrie’s legacy. I’ve collected as many as I could here. Let me know if there are any good ones that I missed.

On Woody Guthrie’s Centennial, Celebrating the Life, Politics & Music of the “Dust Bowl Troubadour” – Interview with Nora Guthrie (daughter), Anna Canoni (granddaughter) and Steve Earle on Democracy Now!

From NPR

At 100, Woody Guthrie Still Resonates – Bradley Klein

The Mix: The Woody Guthrie Collection (via Folk Alley)

Fresh Air Celebrates Woody Guthrie at 100 (Interview with Jeff Place and Ed Cray)

From No Depression

Woody Guthrie, Margorie, Mamma & Me: A Memory for the Woody Guthrie Centennial – Terry Roland

What Woody Guthrie Did – Kim Ruehl

Sara Lee Guthrie Talks Her Legacy, Her Family, and Where They Go From Here – Nancy Dunham

Interview: Archivist Jeff Place Discusses “Woody at 100″ (Smithsonian Folkways) – Chris Mateer

Why Woody Guthrie Endures – Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic

‘Your Land,’ and Guthrie’s, Preserved – Larry Rohter, New York Times

Happy Birthday Woody Guthrie – Baron Lane, Twang Nation

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