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Photo Gallery + Music: The Great Woody Guthrie In New York

Photo by Lester Balog.

These photos of Woody Guthrie are part of a new three CD set, My Name Is New York; Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town.

Both Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are just two of the many, many musicians influenced by Woody Guthrie.

The press materials for the set describe it like this:

‘My Name Is New York; Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town’ is a three-disc collection that offers an intimate portrait of Woody’s NYC life through storytelling and music. Produced by Steve Rosenthal, Michael Kleff and Woody’s daughter Nora Guthrie, ‘My Name is New York’ presents two discs of an audio tour and stories that contextualize Woody’s New York with new interviews, song snippets and a history narrated by Nora, plus a third disc of music, including some never before heard demos and previously unpublished songs from the Archives. THere is also a book which can be purchased with the CDs or separately.

These photos of Woody are obviously very cool. Below them is a new video made by the New York Times about Woody’s years in New York. It includes Woody singing songs he wrote while in New York.

Photo by Alfred Puhn.

Woody Guthrie, “New York Town”:

Photo by Eric Schaal.

Woody Guthrie, “Tom Joad”:

Photo by Eric Schaal.

Billy Bragg and Wilco, “Go Down To The Water”:

Photo courtesy of the Seeger family.

“Vigilante Man”:

Photo courtesy of Norah Guthrie.

Ry Cooder, “Vigilante Man”:

Photo by Eric Schaal.

“My Name Is New York” promo:

Photo by Marjorie Guthrie.

Woody Guthrie, “Jesus Christ”:

Bob Dylan and The Band, “I Ain’t Got No Home,” Carnegie Hall, 1968:

Bob Dylan and The Band, “Grand Coulee Dam,” Carnegie Hall, 1968:

Grand Coulee Dam by Bob Dylan & The Band on Grooveshark

New York Times video about Woody Guthrie in New York:

You can get the set here.

Here’s info on the CD set and book from the Woody Guthrie website:

The CD set:

3-CD guide to 19 locations in New York City where Woody Guthrie lived and wrote.

It’s the story of Woody’s 27 years living here in the city, and we visit 19 historic locations – in this 3-CD set – where Woody lived and worked. Now, for the first time, you’ll actually be able to hear these stories told by those who knew him best, in many different ways and through various encounters and circumstances; music partners Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry, and Bess Lomax Hawes, Woody’s first wife Mary Guthrie, Woody’s merchant marine buddy Jimmy Longhi, Bob Dylan, Woody’s second wife Marjorie Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Nora Guthrie and many others share their memories with you first-hand.

3-CD Track Listing:

Disc 1: February 16, 1940 — November 1942
1. 59th Street at 5th Avenue, Manhattan
2. 101 West 43rd Street, Manhattan
3. 57 East 4th Street, Manhattan
4. 31 East 21st Street, Manhattan
5. 5 West 101st Street, Manhattan
6. 70 East 12th Street, Manhattan
7. 130 West 10th Street, Manhattan
8. 430 6th Avenue, Manhattan
9. 148 West 14th Street, Manhattan
10. 647 Hudson Street, Manhattan

Disc 2: December, 1942 — October 3, 1967
1. 74 Charles Street, Manhattan
2. 3815 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
3. 3520 Mermaid Avenue, Brooklyn
4. 49 Murdock Court, Brooklyn
5. 517 East 5th Street, Manhattan
6. Brooklyn State Hospital, 681 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn
7. 159-13 85th Street, Queens
8. Creedmore State Hospital, Queens
9. Final Resting Place: Atlantic Ocean, Brooklyn

Music Bonus CD Tracklist
1. “New York Town” (Woody Guthrie/Cisco Houston/Sonny Terry)
2. “New York Trains” (Del McCoury)
3. “Union Maid” (Almanac Singers)
4. “My New York City” (Mike + Ruthy)
5. “Tom Joad” (Woody Guthrie)
6. “Man’s A Fool” (Woody Guthrie/Sonny Terry) home tape
7. “Vigilante Man” (Woody Guthrie)
8. “Union Air in Union Square” (Lowry Hamner)
9. “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 with Stephan Said)
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)

Total time: 167:34

The book:

A pocket-sized guide to 19 locations in New York City where Woody Guthrie lived and wrote.


– Historic text and photographs from each location

– Chronological listing of songs written in NYC

– Original song lyrics and never before published documents from the Woody Guthrie Archives

– Excerpts from Woody Guthrie’s NYC address book

Dust bowl troubadour Woody Guthrie first arrived in New York City on February 16, 1940. Although he continued to ramble, for 27 years— from 1940 until his death in 1967—New York was the city he called home and always returned to.

For the first time, this wonderful New York story comes to life with historical photos, documents, and previously unpublished lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives. Highlighting 19 significant locations, this little guide provides an expansive yet intimate portrait of Woody Guthrie’s NYC life. We invite you to walk the streets, ride the buses and subways, or sit down and relax on some of the stoops, park benches, or beaches where Woody Guthrie did—always strumming away on his guitar, always working on a new song.

Many of Woody’s most popular songs were written in apartments, lofts, and other locations around “New York Town.” That song, along with “Jesus Christ,” “Vigilante Man,” “Hard Travelin’,” “Tom Joad,” “Reuben James,” “All You Fascists Bound to Lose,” and “1913 Massacre,” are among the more than 600 he composed in The Big Apple. Most surprisingly, his iconic “This Land Is Your Land,” was written at a small rooming house on 43rd Street and Sixth Avenue, on February 23, 1940 within a few days of his arrival. With new friends Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGhee and the Almanac Singers he was at the center of a new movement—introducing and popularizing rural, roots, topical, and protest music to modern, urban audiences.

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in the new issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Photos: R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tuker & Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic in the Studio

Peter Buck, Corin Tucker, Bill Rieflin, Krist Novoselic and Scott McCaughey in the studio. Photo by Lance Bangs.

The other day I posted about the debut performance by super-Earth, the new supergroup formed by Peter Buck and Corin Tucker. Not it turns out that Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic is also in the band.

These two photos are by Lance Bangs. The group is currently recording. No news on song titles or when recordings will be available.

ucker, Buck, Kurt Bloch, Bill Rieflin, Novoselic, and Scott McCaughey in the studio. Photo by Lance Bangs.

[In August of this year I’ll be publishing my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.]

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Where Five Writers Write: Colson Whitehead, Douglas Coupland, Mona Simpson, Joyce Carol Oates and Roddy Doyle

Mona Simpson at her ‘desk.’ Photo via the New York TImes. Photo by Magnus Unnar

This photo essay with words provides some insight into what makes for the right enviroment for writing — at least for these five writers: Colson Whitehead, Douglas Coupland, Mona Simpson, Joyce Carol Oates and Roddy Doyle.

Check it out here.

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In The News: Bruce Springsteen, Swans, John Lydon, Neutral Milk Hotel, De La Soul & More

Bruce Springsteen in Adelaide. Photo via Bruce Springsteen’s website by Jo Lopez.

Check out photographer Jo Lopez’s photos from Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s second night in Adelaide, Australia on February 12, 2014. — Bruce Springsteen website

The Swans have completed their 13th studio album, To Be Kind, out May 13th. To Be Kind will contain 10 Swans songs and clocks in at over two hours. Guests include St. Vincent. One song, “Bring The Sun,” is 35 minutes in length. — Rolling Stone

Roland has announced that the company is producing a new 808/909 hybrid drum machine that it’s calling the TR-8. “With the TR-8, we have obsessively analysed and faithfully re-created every detail and nuance of the analogue circuitry of these legendary rhythm machines,” Roland states in its description of the TR-8. “The boom and snap of the 808. The thud of the 909. The robotic click of an 808 rim shot or a classic 909 snare roll. It’s all here.” — Pitchfork

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon will write an autobiography with music journalist Andrew Perry as his Boswell. Simon & Schuster plans to publish the book in October. “This book is basically about the life of a serious risk-taker,” Lydon said. “I make things safe for other people to follow on in my wake. I’m a stand-up-and-be-counted fella – but that’s in a world where nobody seems to be able to count.” — New Musical Express

Beck, Kendrick Lamar and Neutral Milk Hotel will headline this year’s Pitchfork music festival, which takes place in Chicago July 18 – 20, 2014. There will be a DJ set from Giorgio Moroder, and performances from Grimes, Pusha T, Kathleen Hanna’s the Julie Ruin, Sun Kil Moon and Tune-Yards. — Billboard

Da La Soul, celebrating the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, have made their entire catalog—including remixes, instrumentals and rarities—available free for download on their site until noon ET tomorrow, February 15, 2014. So get on it NOW and get the music while you can. — De La Soul website

Bob Weir rebooted RatDog last August and the group is currently touring for the first time since 2009. The lineup is bassist Rob Wasserman, bassist Robin Sylvester, guitarist Steve Kimock, drummer Jay Lane and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. RatDog is mixing Grateful Dead songs, RadDog originals, other Bob Weir songs and various covers. — jambands.com

Kimono Kult is the new group that includes former Mars Volta members John Frusciante and Omar Rodríguez-López plus Bosnian Rainbows’ Teri Gender Bender. Check out “La Canción De Alejandra” off their debut EP, Hiding in the Light, due out March 4, 2014.

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Ringo Starr, The Photographer: A Gallery Of His Beatles Photos

Photo by Ringo Starr via The Hollywood Reporter.

A book of photos by Ringo Star, “Photograph,” was published earlier this year. Turns out the Beatles’ drummer and sometime singer is a pretty good photographer.

You can check out a gallery of his photos (24 of them) at the CBS News site and there are nine different photos by Ringo at The Hollywood Reporter. It’s definitely work a look if you care about the Fab Four.