Jul 13, 201212:18 PMThe Telegraph
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Woody Guthrie At 100: For The Eyes And Ears
Tomorrow (July 14) marks the 100th birthday of the late American folk hero Woody Guthrie. We've been celebrating Guthrie's contributions to culture and society all week: The July feature story examined his life from all angles; an article and corresponding Q&A looked at how daughter Nora's carried on his lyrical legacy, and a Q&A with singer-songwriter son Arlo recounted poignant personal memories.
We're far from the only ones celebrating Woody this week. In addition to the live events around the country, you can get informative and entertaining doses of audio from NPR, which produced both a Fresh Air episode on Woody and a long music mix of tunes by and influenced by the artist.
Since you're going down the Guthrie rabbit hole, we'll leave you with a few video selections ...
Here's some great audio of folklorist Alan Lomax interviewing Woody. (From the Library of Congress recordings)
Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger perform Woody's iconic song, "This Land Is Your Land."
... Or, Seeger and Bruce Springsteen teaching it to the masses at an 2009's inaugural celebration for Barack Obama.
Wilco and Billy Bragg performing the Woody-penned "California Stars," which appeared on Mermaid Avenue.
1944 BBC 'Children's Hour' interview with Woody.