Book & 3-CD Set!
* "The New York Trains" just nominated in the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Best American Roots Song!
Woody Guthrie first arrived in New York City on February 16, 1940. Although he continued to ramble, for 27 years— from 1940 until his death in 1967—New York was the city he called home and always returned to.
For the first time, this wonderful New York story comes to life with historical photos, documents, and previously unpublished lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives. Highlighting 19 significant locations, this little guide provides an expansive yet intimate portrait of Woody Guthrie’s NYC life. We invite you to walk the streets, ride the buses and subways, or sit down and relax on some of the stoops, park benches, or beaches where Woody Guthrie did—always strumming away on his guitar, always working on a new song.
Many of Woody’s most popular songs were written in apartments, lofts, and other locations around “New York Town.” That song, along with “Jesus Christ,” “Vigilante Man,” “Hard Travelin’,” “Tom Joad,” “Reuben James,” “All You Fascists Bound to Lose,” and “1913 Massacre,” are among the more than 600 he composed in The Big Apple. Most surprisingly, his iconic “This Land Is Your Land,” was written at a small rooming house on 43rd Street and Sixth Avenue, on February 23, 1940 within a few days of his arrival. With new friends Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee and the Almanac Singers he was at the center of a new movement—introducing and popularizing rural, roots, topical, and protest music to modern, urban audiences.
By: Nora Guthrie and The Woody Guthrie Archives
A pocket-sized guide to 19 locations in New York City where Woody Guthrie lived and wrote.
- Historic text and photographs from each location
- Chronological listing of songs written in NYC
- Original song lyrics and never before published documents from the Woody Guthrie Archives
- Excerpts from Woody Guthrie's NYC address book
Published by: powerHouse Books. 5" x 8" Paperback. 96 pgs.
3-CD DELUXE AUDIO BOOK:
Written and narrated by Nora Guthrie
Produced by Steve Rosenthal, Michael Kleff and Nora Guthrie
It's the story of Woody's 27 years living here in the city, and we visit 19 historic locations - in this 3-CD set - where Woody lived and worked. Now, for the first time, you'll actually be able to hear these stories told by those who knew him best, in many different ways and through various encounters and circumstances; music partners Pete Seeger, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry, and Bess Lomax Hawes, Woody's first wife Mary Guthrie, Woody's merchant marine buddy Jimmy Longhi, Bob Dylan, Woody's second wife Marjorie Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Nora Guthrie and many others share their memories with you first-hand.
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3-CD Track Listing:
Disc 1: February 16, 1940 — November 1942
1. 59th Street at 5th Avenue, Manhattan (feat. Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie)
2. 101 West 43rd Street, Manhattan (feat. Woody Guthrie)
3. 57 East 4th Street, Manhattan (feat. Woody Guthrie & Pete Seeger)
4. 31 East 21st Street, Manhattan (feat. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger & Harold Ambellan)
5. 5 West 101st Street, Manhattan (feat. Woody Guthrie)
6. 70 East 12th Street, Manhattan (feat. Pete Seeger)
7. 130 West 10th Street, Manhattan (feat. Bess Lomax Hawes)
8. 430 6th Avenue, Manhattan (feat. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger & Bess Lomax Hawes)
9. 148 West 14th Street, Manhattan (feat. Marjorie Guthrie & Pete Seeger)
10. 647 Hudson Street, Manhattan (feat. Pete Seeger & Woody Guthrie)
Disc 2: December, 1942 — October 3, 1967
1. 74 Charles Street, Manhattan (feat. Marjorie Guthrie, Woody Guthrie & Sonny Terry)
2. 3815 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn (feat. Woody Guthrie, Vincent "Jimmy" Longhi & The Klezmatics)
3. 3520 Mermaid Avenue, Brooklyn (feat. Woody Guthrie, Marjorie Guthrie, Vincent "Jimmy" Longhi & The Klezmatics)
4. 49 Murdock Court, Brooklyn (feat. Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie & Woody Guthrie)
5. 517 East 5th Street, Manhattan (feat. Lead Belly, Jonatha Brooke & Tiny Robinson)
6. Brooklyn State Hospital, 681 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn (feat. Bob Dylan & Joel Rafael)
7. 159-13 85th Street, Queens (feat. Arlo Guthrie & Woody Guthrie)
8. Creedmore State Hospital, Queens (feat. Arlo Guthrie)
9. Final Resting Place: Atlantic Ocean, Brooklyn (feat. Billy Bragg & Phil Ochs)
Music Bonus CD Tracklist
1. “New York Town” (Woody Guthrie/Cisco Houston/Sonny Terry)
2. “New York Trains” (Del McCoury)
3. “Union Maid” (Almanac Singers)
4. “My New York City” (Mike + Ruthy)
5. “Tom Joad” (Woody Guthrie)
6. “Man’s A Fool” (Woody Guthrie/Sonny Terry) home tape
7. “Vigilante Man” (Woody Guthrie)
8. “Union Air in Union Square” (Lowry Hamner)
9. “Round and Round Hitler’s Grave” (Almanac Singers)
10. “Jesus Christ” (Woody Guthrie)
11. “Beatitudes” (Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir)
12. “This Land Is Your Land” (Woody Guthrie)
13. “Go Coney Island, Roll On The Sand” (Demolition String Band with Stephan Said)
14. “Howdi Do” (Ramblin’ Jack Elliott)
15. “My Name Is New York” (Woody Guthrie) home demo tape
16. “Go Down to the Water” (Billy Bragg & Wilco)
Total time: 167:34
Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. 3-CD. September 23, 2014