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What with the Woody Guthrie centenary and the general course of human
events a load of material is out there for people interested in the connections
between music and social change.
First of all, I’d like you to know that you can access the three hours of my radio show, CULTURE OF
PROTEST, that we broadcast in July to commemorate Woody @ 100. Follow the below
If you want to be regularly
informed about archived recordings of Culture of Protest because you can’t tune
in at the regular streaming time (6 Pm PDT www.kcsb.org)
please respond to this email telling me of your interest!
Rob Rosenthal and I wrote a
book: PLAYING FOR CHANGE: MUSIC AND MUSICIANS IN THE SERVICE OF SOCIAL
MOVEMENTS. It’s about to be available in paperback and you might well enjoy it since it features
interview materials with politically conscious troubadours and a lot of insight
about how and if and when music makes a difference. Go here
to order it.
And Rob and son Sam are editors of a very exciting new book compiling a
treasury of Pete Seeger’s published and unpublished writings—articles, letters,
memos that span his entire life and his many sides. Its: Pete
Seeger: His Life in His Own Words. Also published by Paradigm Press. Pete
wilkl be on Steven Colbert show Monday August 6 and this book will be featured!
Paradigm is about to come out with a similar compilation of Woody
Guthrie stuff: Woody's
Road: Woody Guthrie's Letters Home, Drawings, Photos, and Other Unburied
Treasures—Woody’s sister Mary Jo had a hand in putting this together.
And that’s just one of many new and reissued Woody @ 100 things:
In addition to the two classic bios of Woody Guthrie (both invaluable)
by Joe Klein (Woody
Guthrie : A life:) and Ed Cray (Ramblin
Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie) newly reissued for the
centennial, here’s a spate of very good new books:
Name is New York: Ramblin' Around Woody Guthrie's Town. Woody’s daughter
Nora has just released an incredibly fascinating little book with pictures and material about
every address that Woody spent time at during his New York years. It’s revealing about his art, and about that
time in the City.
Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song
by Robert Santelli is the detailed story of the making and the impact of that
song. Another illumination of the interrelation between Woody and America.
Guthrie, American Radical by Will Kaufman is a nice contrast with the
above, emphasizing the harder edges of
Woody’s radicalism, revealed in his writings, published and not.
Guthrie: Writing America's Songs, Ron Cohen’s new short bio with some
interesting documents—a work that emphasizes Woody’s role in the folk music