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Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

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In honor of the Woody Guthrie Centennial, Smithsonian Folkways presents an in-depth commemorative collection of songs, photos and essays on one of America’s most treasured 20th-century icons.

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 1939.

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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.

The book features essays by co-producers Robert Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum and author of “This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song,” and Jeff Place, GRAMMY-winning archivist for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and producer of several Woody Guthrie collections and exhibitions.

Four of the unreleased performances, including original songs “Skid Row Serenade” and “Them Big City Ways,” are Woody’s earliest known recordings, made in 1939 while he was working for KFVD radio station in Los Angeles. The set also includes a medley performed in 1940 on Lead Belly’s WNYC radio show. The other four unreleased original songs are “Trouble on the Waters” and “Normandy Was Her Name” from a live radio broadcast and “Reckless Talk” and “Goodnight Little Cathy” discovered in the Folkways Records archives. The book offers an extensive biography of the artist and background information on each track.

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie (1912-1967) wrote songs that became the soundtrack of an era and permanent fixtures of American identity. His early Dust Bowl ballads, along with more than 3,000 work songs, union and labor songs, political and philosophical songs, anti-war songs, anti-Nazi songs, love songs and children’s songs, marked the pulse of hard-hit people in times of economic depression and war. Many have embraced “This Land Is Your Land” as America's second national anthem. Woody was ordinary, yet extraordinary—a traveler, itinerant worker, radio performer, military enlistee, thinking man, gifted visual artist, a husband and father, and prolific writer who left his mark on music, culture and politics.

Year Released 2012
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2012 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk
Country(s) United States
Instrument(s) Banjo; Guitar; Harmonica; Mandolin; Vocals

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101 This Land Is Your Land (Alternate Version) Woody Guthrie 2:44
102 Pastures of Plenty Woody Guthrie 2:25
103 Riding in My Car (Car Song) Woody Guthrie 1:49
104 The Grand Coulee Dam Woody Guthrie 2:10
105 Talking Dust Bowl Woody Guthrie 1:51
106 So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust) Woody Guthrie 3:40
107 Ramblin' Round Woody Guthrie 2:14
108 Philadelphia Lawyer Woody Guthrie 2:28
109 Hard Travelin' Woody Guthrie 2:31
110 Pretty Boy Floyd Woody Guthrie 3:00
111 Hobo's Lullaby Woody Guthrie 2:23
112 Talking Columbia Woody Guthrie 2:28
113 The Sinking of the Reuben James Woody Guthrie 3:00
114 Jesus Christ Woody Guthrie 2:37
115 Gypsy Davy Woody Guthrie 2:49
116 New York Town Woody Guthrie 2:35
117 Going Down the Road (Feeling Bad) Woody Guthrie 2:56
118 Hard, Ain't It Hard Woody Guthrie 2:42
119 The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done (The Great Historical Bum) Woody Guthrie 2:17
120 This Land Is Your Land (Standard Version) Woody Guthrie 2:16
121 Jarama Valley Woody Guthrie 2:52
122 Why, Oh Why? Woody Guthrie 3:27
123 I've Got to Know Woody Guthrie 5:32
201 Better World A-Comin' Woody Guthrie 3:05
202 When That Great Ship Went Down (The Great Ship) Woody Guthrie 3:17
203 A Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week Woody Guthrie 1:35
204 Talking Centralia Woody Guthrie 3:24
205 1913 Massacre Woody Guthrie 3:35
206 Dirty Overalls Woody Guthrie 1:55
207 My Daddy (Flies a Ship in the Sky) Woody Guthrie 2:33
208 Worried Man Blues Woody Guthrie 2:58
209 Hangknot, Slipknot Woody Guthrie 2:30
210 Buffalo Skinners Woody Guthrie 3:16
211 Howdi Do Woody Guthrie 1:40
212 Jackhammer John Woody Guthrie 2:36
213 The Ranger’s Command Woody Guthrie 2:49
214 So Long, It's Been Good to Know You (WWII Version) Woody Guthrie 2:45
215 What Are We Waiting On? Woody Guthrie 2:07
216 Lindbergh Woody Guthrie 3:10
217 Ludlow Massacre Woody Guthrie 3:28
218 Bad Lee Brown (Cocaine Blues) Woody Guthrie 2:14
219 Two Good Men Woody Guthrie 3:45
220 Farmer-Labor Train Woody Guthrie 2:49
221 The Jolly Banker Woody Guthrie 2:50
222 We Shall Be Free Woody Guthrie 3:01
301 I Ain’t Got No Home (In This World Anymore) Woody Guthrie 3:26
302 Them Big City Ways Woody Guthrie 2:27
303 Do Re Mi Woody Guthrie 3:33
304 Skid Row Serenade Woody Guthrie 3:00
305 Radio Program: The Ballad Gazette With Woody Guthrie [This Land Is Your Land; What Did the Deep Sea Say?; Blow Ye Winds; Trouble on the Waters; Blow the Man Down; Normandy Was Her Name; The Sinking of the Reuben James] Woody Guthrie 14:20
306 BBC: Children’s Hour July 7, 1944 [Intro - Wabash Cannonball; 900 Miles; Stagger Lee; Pretty Boy Floyd] Woody Guthrie 10:19
307 People’s Songs Hootenanny [Ladies Auxiliary; Weaver's Life] Woody Guthrie 8:53
308 WNYC Radio Program: Folk Songs of America December 12, 1940 [John Hardy; Jesse James; Tom Joad] Woody Guthrie 16:24
309 Reckless Talk Woody Guthrie 1:42
310 All Work Together Woody Guthrie 2:39
311 My Little Seed Woody Guthrie 2:30
312 Goodnight Little Cathy Woody Guthrie 2:20
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