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    Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:29:02

    Grammy Museum Launches Woody Guthrie Centennial Site - There will be plenty of celebrations for Guthrie's 100th birthday next July

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    • Woody Guthrie - NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Liz Phair performs Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land' with Everclear at the Private New York Premiere of 'Farmland' by Academy Award-Winning Director James Moll during the Tribeca Film Festivalat Tribeca Cinemas on April 17, 2014 in New York City.
    • Woody Guthrie - NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Liz Phair performs Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land' with Everclear at the Private New York Premiere of 'Farmland' by Academy Award-Winning Director James Moll during the Tribeca Film Festivalat Tribeca Cinemas on April 17, 2014 in New York City.
    • Woody Guthrie - NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Liz Phair performs Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land' with Art Alexakis and Everclear at the Private New York Premiere of 'Farmland' by Academy Award-Winning Director James Moll during the Tribeca Film Festivalat Tribeca Cinemas on April 17, 2014 in New York City.

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    The Grammy Museum has launched a website celebrating the centennial of Woody Guthrie. Go here to check it out.

    Why is Guthrie's 100th birthday being honored?

    Here's why: Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Over the decades, his songs have run around the world like a fast train on a well oiled track. They've become the folk song standards of the nation, known and performed in many languages throughout the world. Pretty Boy Floyd, Pastures of Plenty, Hard Travelin', Deportees, Roll On Columbia, Vigilante Man and This Land Is Your Land are among the hundreds of his songs that have become staples in the canon of American music.

    The Grammy Museum is partnering with the Guthrie Family and the Woody Guthrie Archives to create the Centennial celebrations. The year-long celebration will include a host of concerts, programs and events taking place throughout the country and across the pond. How fun is it to celebrate a musical icon's century mark birthday with a full year of celebrations? I dig it.

    Woodyat100.com is a joint effort of The Grammy Museum, The Woody Guthrie Archives and Woody Guthrie Publications, created as a hub for all upcoming activities taking place across America and around the world, throughout 2012. Bookmark it. Now!

    Are you going to check out Woody Guthrie's music if you are not already familiar?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    07.15.11




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