DC Music Salon - Woody Guthrie, an Outlaw

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DC Music Salon - Woody Guthrie, an Outlaw

Woody Guthrie image from Library of Congress LC-USZ62-130859DC Music Salon
Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.

The centennial of Woody Guthrie's birth is being celebrated all over the world this year, including at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center. Guthrie, who was considered by some to be a dangerous political radical, has left us an enormous, fascinating and complex legacy. We intend to explore this and additional areas that other celebrations may ignore -- the perfect way to kick off the third season of the DC Music Salon!

We're lucky to have this discussion led by Jeff Place, chief archivist at the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and co-producer of Smithsonian's new Woody at 100 boxed set. Jeff, a lifelong D.C. resident, is on the advisory board for the Woody Guthrie Archives. He has been involved in the compilation of more than three dozen CDs for Smithsonian Folkways, has curated museum exhibits and programs at the Folklife Festival, and has been involved in radio shows and countless other works illuminating the life of Woody Guthrie. Jeff has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and 10 Indie Awards, winning two Grammys and five Indies. We're very excited to have him with us on Oct. 17.

We'll show footage, listen to great music, and learn a bunch about Woody. We'll put his "left-wing sentiments in even sharper relief" as we explore new facets of this artist "rooted in country music and the blues, capable of writing in any style, from earnest Appalachian ballad to topical broadside, from hillbilly lament to whimsical children’s song" (New York Times).

"There was a high wall there/ That tried to stop me/ A sign was painted that said ‘Private Property’/ But on the other side it didn’t say nothin’/ That side was made for you and me."
-- This Land is Your Land, Woody Guthrie