Author, Narrator, Producer
Photo: Silvia Hauptmann
NORA GUTHRIE is Woody Guthrie's daughter, and founder and Director of the Guthrie Archives from 1996 – 2013. She currently works as President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. developing projects which bring Woody Guthrie's vast cultural and, often unknown, creative legacy to the public.
In 1996, Nora co-produced the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Tribute to Woody Guthrie with performers Bruce Springsteen among others, and curated the first major exhibition on Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land, for the Smithsonian Institution which toured major museums throughout the country from 2001 – 2003.
For the past twenty years, Nora has been focusing on Woody Guthrie’s previously unpublished lyrics. She was executive producer of the Billy Bragg & Wilco’s Grammy nominated recordings Mermaid Avenue Vol’s 1, II & 111 and the Klezmatics’ Grammy award winning Wonder Wheel and Happy Joyous Hanuka. Other recording projects include the Grammy award winning The Live Wire; Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949, Jonatha Brooke’s The Works and Note of Hope with Rob Wasserman, Jackson Browne, Lou Reed, Madeleine Peyroux and others. She was the executive producer on Jay Farrar’s New Multitudes, which featured new music to Guthrie lyrics by Jay Farrar, Jim James, Will Johnson, and Anders Parker.
To celebrate Woody’s centennial, throughout 2012 she co-produced a year of concerts, events and exhibits in partnership with the Grammy Museum and in 2013, co-produced the CD & DVD Woody at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center, was aired on public television stations throughout the country.
In 2012-13, working with photographer Phillip Buehler, she published and edited the award winning book Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty, and worked with Johnny Depp and author Douglas Brinkley on the release of House of Earth, Woody Guthrie’s unpublished novel. Working in collaboration with the Grammy Museum, in 2013 Nora created the new Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the final repository of the Woody Guthrie Archives and a state of the art museum and educational center.
Her latest project is producing My Name Is New York; Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town – the Deluxe Audio Book which is an expanded version of the 2012 powerHouse Books publication of the same name, and is set to be released in September, 2014.
MICHAEL KLEFF is an award-winning radio producer, radio host, journalist, and author living in Bonn, Germany and New York City, USA. His varied professional pursuits focus on world music and politics.
From 1976 – 1982 he worked as Personal Assistant to the German Minister of the Interior, Gerhart Baum. In 1984 he began his journalistic career in radio working for the Associated Press as a political correspondent. His radio work includes; hosting on the award-winning World Music program Al Globe on Radio Brandenburg, which focused on the emerging world music scene in the 1990’s combined with topical, political coverage from around the world; documentaries on Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Harry Belafonte, Phil Ochs, Bill Monroe, Woodstock, The History of Topical Songs, The History of the Civil Rights Movement, and the 3 hour long program America the Beautiful? which aired on nationwide broadcast; the European World Music Charts on Midnight Blue (Deutschlandfunk). He has been a member of the World Music Charts Europe panel for fifteen years.
In 2002 he was the editor for “Hard Travelin’, Das Woody Guthrie Buch” the most complete published work of Woody Guthrie songs with German translations. He has done numerous projects for Bear Family Records, including the award winning 10 CD box set “Die Burg Waldeck Festivals 1964-1969”.
He is currently the Editor in Chief of Folker, the German folk and world music magazine, and hosts the international music festival Tanz und Folkfest Rudolstadt. He continues to produce original radio documentaries and hosts regular programs for numerous German public radio stations.
STEVE ROSENTHAL is a four time Grammy winner who opened The Magic Shop Recording Studio in NYC, in 1988. He has produced, mixed and restored Archival projects for Woody Guthrie, Elvis Presley, Alan Lomax, The Rolling Stones, Jelly Roll Morton, Harry Nilsson, Billy Joel, Sam Cooke and Frank Sinatra. In 2014, he won his latest GRAMMY for his work on The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Is My Darling.
For the past sixteen years Steve and his lovely wife Jennifer have owned and operated The Living Room, New York’s iconic singer-songwriter venue.
He has also produced and engineered new music for artists like Lou Reed, Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Dave Van Ronk, Laura Nyro, Charles Brown and Ollabelle.