Where’s Woody Now?
New books and publications of Woody's words and drawings, such as Woody Guthrie Artworks, a book featuring many of Guthrie's original paintings, illustrations and drawings and This Land is Your Land, a children's book illustrated by folk artist Kathy Jakobsen, have brought Woody Guthrie back into the mainstream of popular culture.
In 1998, the Smithsonian Institution and the Woody Guthrie Archives collaborated on a major traveling exhibition about Woody's life and legacy. Since then, the Woody Guthrie Foundation has continued to provide traveling exhibits, public programs, multimedia presentations, film screenings, and educational performances, allowing thousands of people to experience Woody's music and creative legacy.
Musicians from a variety of backgrounds such as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Ani DiFranco, The Klezmatics, Hans-Eckhardt Wenzel, and countless others, continue to draw inspiration from Woody Guthrie, re-interpreting and re-invigorating his songs for new audiences. His influence is felt throughout the world, from Native American musicians such as Keith Secola and Blackfire to Chinese Punk rockers PK14 and Danish musician Esben.
Clearly, Woody Guthrie's songs continue to speak to us all about thoughts, ideas, and feelings that are as relevant and meaningful today as when he lived them.
- Jorge Arevalo Mateus
1995-2012 Curator & Head Archivist, Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archive