Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Plans Continue With Launch of http://www.Woody100.com (from Andie Cox of the Grammy Museum)
Today, on what would be the 99th birthday of American folk music legend Woody Guthrie, The GRAMMY Museum, in conjunction with Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives, has announced the launch of http://www.Woody100.com. The site is designed to serve as the official home of the recently announced Woody Guthrie Centennial Tribute, taking place in 2012.
Born July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma, Woody Guthrie is considered to be one the most influential folk singers of all time. Many of his songs have become folk song standards, and have been 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 and beyond.
The Woody Guthrie Centennial celebration will kick off in February 2012 and will celebrate Guthrie’s extraordinary body of work and impact on American music. Unique in scope, the year-long celebration will include a host of tribute concerts, educational curricula, lectures, conferences, a touring exhibition, new releases, grassroots hootenannies and more.
“The influence of Woody Guthrie and his music continues to be felt worldwide,” said GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. As we look forward to celebrating Guthrie’s 100th birthday throughout 2012, new events will be announced on a weekly basis. Fans everywhere will be able to utilize the Woody100 site as the official hub of all things Guthrie.”