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2014

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Hear Woody Guthrie's Unreleased Ode to New York

July 14, 2014

Although he's most commonly associated with the plains of Oklahoma, Woody Guthrie spent the last 27 of his life in country's biggest urban area. "Nobody seems to know Woody ever lived in New York," says Nora Guthrie of her father. "As...

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Pete Seeger Tribute Concert in the Works

January 30, 2014

Organizers of an award presentation for Pete Seeger set for New York City next month announced that the event will continue as planned, despite the folk singer's death earlier this week at the age of 94. It will now become a tribute concert dedicated...

2013

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Woody Guthrie's Drawling 'Pastures of Plenty': Song Premiere

August 21, 2013

On October 22nd, Rounder Records will release a six-CD set titled American Radical Patriot, celebrating the life and work of Woody Guthrie. The release will make Guthrie's complete Library of Congress recordings available in their entirety for the first...

2012

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Mumford & Sons: Bob Dylan 'Didn't Give a Sh*t About Authenticity'

November 16, 2012

Mumford & Sons know the knocks against them, but in a new interview with The Guardian, the English folk group brush off detractors who question the band's authenticity, citing Bob Dylan as an inspiration. "The authenticity thing has never been...

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Fricke's Picks: Woody Guthrie's First Session Issued in 100th Birthday Set

July 26, 2012

A sumptuous birthday celebration of a true American idol, Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection (Smithsonian Folkways) is really a present to us: two CDs of our greatest folk singer's defining songs and recordings, mostly for Folkways'...

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Johnny Depp Co-Editing Lost Woody Guthrie Novel

July 10, 2012

Johnny Depp is co-editing the lost Woody Guthrie novel House of Earth alongside author Douglas Brinkley, with the book set for publication sometime next year, the New York Times reports. As noted in an essay penned by the pair that appeared in the Times,...

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Social Justice and Melodic Know-How at Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration

April 15, 2012

If you'd ever wondered what might induce Tom Morello and Van Dyke Parks to get together, you got your answer last night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, where rockers and folkies of varying ages and inclinations gathered to pay tribute to Woody Guthrie....

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Occupy E Street: Inside Bruce Springsteen's New Album

March 15, 2012

In late 2010, Bruce Springsteen told Rolling Stone that he had just written his first song about a "guy that wears a tie." The songwriter had spent much of his career writing about characters struggling in tough economic times, but the financial crisis...

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Jay Farrar and Jim James Discover Woody Guthrie's California in New Album

February 16, 2012

Over the course of dozens of hours spent combing through more than 3,000 Woody Guthrie lyrics collected in upstate New York, the thing that Jay Farrar kept discovering was California. "I found myself not aware of the California connection at the time...

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Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

July 31, 2012

This sumptuous birthday celebration of America's greatest folk singer is really a present to us: two CDs of his greatest songs and recordings, mostly from the mid-1940s, and a disc of illuminating rarities, including what is thought to be Guthrie's first...

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On Woody Guthrie's 100th, the Family Returns to Mermaid Avenue

July 16, 2012

In 1943, three years after releasing "This Land is Your Land," Woody Guthrie and his wife Marjorie moved to a modest first-floor apartment at 3520 Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island. Three of their children – Arlo, Joady and Nora – were born there,...

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Jackson Browne, Sara Watkins Pay Homage to Levon Helm in L.A.

May 11, 2012

Jackson Browne and Sara Watkins are set to hit the road together this summer, for a month-long acoustic tour that kicks off July 14th in Charlotte, North Carolina and includes a headlining stop at the Newport Folk Festival. On Thursday night in Los Angeles,...

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Rev Up 'Wrecking Ball' Tour

April 12, 2012

When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took the stage at New York's Apollo Theater on March 9th, the pressure was on. It was their first time playing songs from Springsteen's new LP, Wrecking Ball, to a live audience, the debut of the five-piece...

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'Mermaid Avenue Volume III' Coming Soon

February 19, 2012

A third volume of the Wilco-Billy Bragg collaboration Mermaid Avenue is in the works. Billy Bragg just announced on his website that Nonesuch Records will be putting out a new album featuring 17 previously unreleased songs from the original recording...

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Alan Lomax's Archive to Stream For Free

January 31, 2012

Alan Lomax's extensive archive of field recordings is being digitized for an online collection that will begin streaming by the end of February. Some 17,000 of Lomax's recordings will be available for free, including early recordings of folk and blues...

2011

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Woody Guthrie Archive Planned for Tulsa

December 28, 2011

The city of Tulsa, Okla., will mark the centennial of the birth of native son Woody Guthrie with a kickoff event in March for a planned archive and museum dedicated to the late folk singer. According to the New York Times, the George Kaiser Family Foundation...

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Mumford & Sons Take America By Vintage Train

May 26, 2011

As the final night of the Railroad Revival Tour drags into the early-morning hours in New Orleans' French Quarter, the music shows no sign of stopping. Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show have just spent...

2010

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Audio: Inside the Making of Bob Dylan's 'Absolutely Sweet Marie'

September 7, 2010

Click to listen In Bob Dylan in America, Sean Wilentz — a Princeton history professor and Rolling Stone contributing editor — traces Bob Dylan's influences, from Woody Guthrie to classical composer Aaron Copland, and tells the stories behind...

2009

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Dylan's Radio Show To End?

May 14, 2009

After three years and 100 episodes, Bob Dylan's Sirius XM program Theme Time Radio Hour may be leaving the airwaves. "I stopped doing those shows a while ago, and then XM Radio was combined with another one," Dylan tells Rolling Stone. "They want to renew....

2008

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DJ Bob Dylan Returns to Airwaves

October 16, 2008

If you separated the front from the back of a dollar bill, only the front would be considered legal tender. Another fact: A million bucks in hundred-dollar bills weigh a tidy 20.4 pounds. Such are the things you might learn in the third season of Bob...

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