Celebrating A Century Of Woody Guthrie
Brooklyn College will host a special tribute to folk musician Woody Guthrie on Saturday, September 22.
The “Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration” is organized by the Los Angeles-based Grammy museum, Woody Guthrie Publications, the Woody Guthrie Archives and the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College. Born in Okemah, Oklahoma on July 14, 1912, Guthrie eventually made his home in Brooklyn where he got married and eventually died.
The celebration will include a tribute concert at the Walt Whitman Theater, featuring Pete Seeger, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Judy Collins, Tony Trischka and the Klezmatics, as well as a roundtable discussion, moderated by Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum. Seeger will not participate in the discussion.
Leading up to the concert, Brooklyn College will hold a daylong, public educational conference, hosted by the Hitchcock Institute with support from the New York Humanities Council. A hodge-podge of scholars, journalists and musicians will reflect on the legend’s contributions to 20th century culture and life, emphasizing the years he spent in the city between 1940 and 1967.