This year would’ve been Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. In honor of singer/songwriter’s centennial, Smithsonian Folkways presents an in-depth commemorative collection of songs, photos and essays on one of America’s most treasured 20th-century icons.
With more than 3,000 work songs, union and labor songs, political and philosophical songs, anti-war songs, anti-Nazi songs and more, Wilson “Woody” Guthrie (1912-1967) wrote iconic songs that are permanent fixtures of American identity. His lyricism marked the pulse of hard-hit people in times of economic depression and war. His most widely known song, “This Land Is Your Land”, is considered by many as a cultural treasure, a song that embodies the American spirit.
Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection is a 150-page large-format book with 3 CDs containing 57 tracks, including Woody’s most important recordings such as the complete version of “This Land Is Your Land,” “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “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 1937.
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.
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.
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: http://www.woody100.com/.