Posted in music on July 14, 2014

Woody Guthrie

The late, great folk singer Woody Guthrie called NYC home for 27 years, and that portion of his life will be celebrated with a new three-disc album, My Name Is New York, on September 23. According to a press release:

Featuring new interviews with luminaries like Pete Seeger (in one of his final interviews), Woody's son Arlo Guthrie, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, as well as with Woody's many other friends and family, the first two discs take listeners on a virtual tour of the city as Woody experienced it through visits to 19 locations. They include the boarding house on 43rd Street where "This Land Is Your Land" was written; the Greenwich Village apartment that The Almanac Singers -- an all-star folk collective included Guthrie, Seeger, Lead Belly and Josh White - called home; and his home on Coney Island, where Woody tirelessly composed over 100 songs, and was eventually laid to rest.

The collection also includes a bonus music disc featuring an array of Guthrie's NYC songs, including the first recording of "This Land Is Your Land"; two previously unreleased home demos he recorded in the city, including the song that gave the set its name and a duet with Sonny Terry; and five premieres of previously unpublished lyrics from a variety of artists, from contemporaries to younger musicians following in his tradition.

You can stream one of the tracks (via Rolling Stone) with the tracklist, below...

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Tracklist:

Disc 1: February 16, 1940 -- November 1942
01. 59th Street at 5th Avenue, Manhattan
02. 101 West 43rd Street, Manhattan
03. 57 East 4th Street, Manhattan
04. 31 East 21st Street, Manhattan
05. 5 West 101st Street, Manhattan
06. 70 East 12th Street, Manhattan
07. 130 West 10th Street, Manhattan
08. 430 6th Avenue, Manhattan
09. 148 West 14th Street, Manhattan
10. 647 Hudson Street, Manhattan

Disc 2: December, 1942 -- October 3, 1967
01. 74 Charles Street, Manhattan
02. 3815 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
03. 3520 Mermaid Avenue, Brooklyn
04. 49 Murdock Court, Brooklyn
05. 517 East 5th Street, Manhattan
06. Brooklyn State Hospital, 681 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn
07. 159-13 85th Street, Queens
08. Creedmore State Hospital, Queens
09. Final Resting Place: Atlantic Ocean, Brooklyn

Music Bonus CD Tracklist
01. "New York Town" (Woody Guthrie/Cisco Houston/Sonny Terry)
02. "New York Trains" (Del McCoury Band)
03. "Union Maid" (Almanac Singers)
04. "My New York City" (Mike + Ruthy)
05. "Tom Joad" (Woody Guthrie)
06. "Man's A Fool" (Woody Guthrie (spoons)/Sonny Terry) home tape
07. "Vigilante Man" (Woody Guthrie)
08. "Union Air in Union Square" (Lowry Hamner)
09. "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)
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)

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Comments (4)

This land ain't your land
This land is my land
If you want your own land
Then go get a job man

As I load my shotgun
And I put the shells in
I'm letting loose the dogs man
Better get off my land

If you want to come near me
Better get ready to fight me
This land was made for only me

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 12:13 PM

Ever see this Woody NYC detective work? http://www.popspotsnyc.com/woody_guthrie_1943/

Posted by Ryan | July 14, 2014 12:19 PM

^ that was really quite amazing

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2014 1:06 PM

D will always be my bitch...

Posted by El barto | July 14, 2014 2:09 PM

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