Center will display Guthrie’s original handwritten copy of “This Land Is Your Land”
TULSA, Okla., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – A portion of legendary folk singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie’s comprehensive archives, including the original, handwritten version of Guthrie’s landmark anthem, “This Land Is Your Land,” will be available for viewing at the grand opening of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla. at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at 102 East Brady in Tulsa, Okla. The 12,000-square-foot center will feature state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits on Guthrie’s life, art and creative legacy and will include Oklahoma’s only permanent exhibit on the Dust Bowl.
The Woody Guthrie Center’s permanent exhibit on Guthrie will feature selections of original items from the Woody Guthrie Archives, including Guthrie’s handwritten copy of “This Land Is Your Land,” along with lyrics, artwork, photographs, personal notebooks, letters, postcards and some of his rare, never-before-seen musical instruments. The exhibit will also feature objects from some musicians who were influenced by Guthrie, including Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, John Cohen and Jimmy LaFave, among others.
The Woody Guthrie Archives were brought to Tulsa by George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), who purchased them in 2011 from Woody Guthrie Publications in New York.
“We are thrilled to finally announce the opening of the Woody Guthrie Center, here in his home state of Oklahoma,” said Ken Levit, executive director of GKFF. “This archive will be available to scholars and researchers so that we can continue to tell the story of this remarkable Oklahoman for generations to come. The Guthrie family has inspired us with their loving and creative stewardship of these materials, and we are proud to provide a permanent home for this incredible collection in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa, Okla.”
The Woody Guthrie Archives contains more than 10,000 items of primary and secondary source material, including more than 3,000 song lyrics, rare books by and about Guthrie, more than 700 pieces of artwork, letters and postcards, manuscripts and personal journals, more than 500 photographs, handwritten songbooks, Guthrie’s annotated record collection and personal papers detailing family matters, his World War II military service and musical career.
“The decision to transfer the Woody Guthrie Archives to our Tulsa friends was a slow and deliberate one, but after visiting Tulsa and the Brady Arts District, I felt it was the right home for his work,” said Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie and president of the Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives.
“In getting to know the George Kaiser Family Foundation, I felt we could work together to create something very unique, and I felt a kinship with the artists in the Brady District. Bringing Woody’s life’s work back to his Oklahoma Hills will be a real adventure, and I think Woody would have proudly declared, ‘That’s where I want to be, Ma. That’s where I want to be.’”
Also included in the Woody Guthrie Center is an exhibit that will include a five-minute excerpt of the documentary series by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, The Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl chronicles the environmental catastrophe that, throughout the 1930s, destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains and was the inspiration for many of Guthrie’s songs.
The center will feature an extensive outreach and education program that will take Guthrie’s story to schools across Oklahoma and demonstrate the impact he has made on the world. There will be a series of concerts to bring his music and his legacy to those who visit the center.
Deana McCloud will serve as executive director. For 16 years, she has been a member of the Woody Guthrie Coalition, booking and producing concerts for the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Okla., and working with the Woody Guthrie Publications to present programs about Guthrie. She is president of the coalition’s board of directors. McCloud has been a teacher in the Pryor Public School district for 14 years and achieved National Board Certification.
“We are excited to open the Woody Guthrie Center to the public, and we are looking forward to sharing this day with Oklahomans and visitors from across the world,” McCloud said. “This is more than just a collection of Woody Guthrie memorabilia; it’s an educational center that will serve as an inspiration for visitors and a venue through which to share his legacy with the world. As a veteran classroom teacher, I know that there is a huge potential for engaging students as well as teachers in the educational programs and inquiry that the center will inspire.”
The center will be operated in conjunction with the Woody Guthrie Archives, along with the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum. In 2012, The GRAMMY Museum teamed up with Woody Guthrie Publications to host one of the largest and most comprehensive centennial celebrations ever staged for an American music icon, The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration. Designed to celebrate Guthrie’s extraordinary body of work and impact on American music, the year-long celebration included a host of tribute concerts, educational curricula, lectures, conferences, a touring exhibition and more.
Gallagher & Associates, an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm, designed the Woody Guthrie Center. Other notable projects by G&A include the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, the Vault of the Secret Formula at the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta, the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and the largest natural history museum in the world, the Shanghai Natural History Museum.
The center’s hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The center will be closed on Mondays. On the first Friday of each month, hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admittance is $8 for adults, $6 for youth 5 – 17 and children under 5 are admitted free. For additional information on the archives, visit http://WoodyGuthrieCenter.org/.
Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Guthrie was born in Okemah, Okla. in 1912. “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Pastures of Plenty,” “Going Down The Road,” “Hard Travelin’,” “Jesus Christ,” “I Ain’t Got No Home,” “Deportee,” “Roll On Columbia,” “Vigilante Man,” “Do Re Mi,” “Tom Joad,” “Union Maid,” “1913 Massacre,” “This Train Is Bound For Glory,” “Oklahoma Hills,” and “Riding In My Car” are among the 3,000 songs he wrote in his lifetime. Guthrie’s iconic “This Land Is Your Land” has become the unofficial American national anthem. Guthrie also recorded many children’s songs and tunes devoted to telling the story of the disenfranchised and working class of his era. He was also an artist, writer, radio show host and activist during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
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Woody recorded for a variety of labels, but the real meat of his repertoire rests in the 300 or so songs he recorded for Mo Asch's Folkways label. And now that classic material is finally coming out on CD in four volumes, of which this is the first and probably the best witness this list of songs: This Land Is Your Land (unreleased and "hit" versions); Grand Coulee Dam; Philadelphia Lawyer; Hobo's Lullaby; Pastures of Plenty; Do-Re-Mi; Hard, Ain't It Hard; Going Down the Road Feeling Bad; Jesse James; I Ain't Got Nobody , and 15 more. 72 annotated minutes.
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Lyle Lovett will be backed by his all-star band August 13th at the Marin Center
Tickets go on-sale this Friday at 11:00 A.M.
SONOMA COUNTY, Calif., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — When Lyle Lovett returns to Marin County’s Marin Center on August 13 th he will be backed by his Large Band. Tickets for Lyle Lovett and his Large Band go on-sale Friday at 11:00 A.M.
There are songwriters, there are musicians and there are entertainers. Few people can pull off all three with refinement, humility and charm. Lyle Lovett is one of them. Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.
In August, Lovett will be backed by an all-star cast, starting with his rhythm section, which belongs in some hall of fame. There’s rarely any other outcome when Lovett convenes his Large Band. The 14 players are all virtuosos in their own right, but always serve the greater good of the song and the communal spirit of a live performance. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said “Lyle Lovett & His Large Band deliver perfection.” The Boston Globe said “Lovett and his band stir the congregation.”
Tickets for Lyle Lovett and his Large Band August 13 at 8:00 P.M. at the Marin Center in San Rafael are $49.75, $69.75 and $89.75. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, April 19 at 11:00 A.M. on-line at www.rbpconcerts.com, in-person at the Marin Center Box Office at 10 Avenue of the Flags in San Rafael, California and by phone at 415-473-6800.
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band is produced by Northern California based concert promoters Rick Bartalini Presents.
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2012 album from the Country/Pop singer/songwriter. produced by Lyle Lovett and Nathanial Kunkel and featuring songs with K.D Lang, Kat Edmonson and Sara and Sean Watkins. While typically associated with the Country genre, Lovett's compositions often incorporate Folk, Swing, Blues, Jazz and Gospel music as well as more traditional Country & Western styling.
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Columbia Records Celebrates 125 Years Of Great American Music With 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story
Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY-nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound illustrates sweeping cultural and business changes in music over more than a century
Special deluxe version includes book by celebrated journalist Dave Marsh highlighting his selection of the 263 most important songs in Columbia’s history along with a drive including all tracks
NEW YORK, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia Records will celebrate its 125th anniversary with the release of a book titled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story on the great American record label and its role in initiating recorded music, cultivating great artists, and igniting cultural change. Written by Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY nominated author and historian Sean Wilentz, the book provides a journey through Columbia Records’ storied past and its contributions to entertainment from the invention of commercial recording through the present day.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, published by Chronicle Books, will be released on October 30 th. It begins in the late 1880′s, when Columbia, under the leadership of Edward Easton, seized upon the phonographic inventions of Thomas Edison and others to offer the public the first commercial musical recordings. The book goes on the explore the rich stories of how Columbia’s artists and producers have redefined American music and performance over the past 125 years, at once reflecting and shaping changes in the wider culture.
Simultaneously, Columbia Records will release a deluxe package, which will include, in addition to a hard cover copy of the Wilentz book, a separate book, written by Dave Marsh, entitled 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story: Legends and Legacy. Marsh has culled from Columbia’s vaults a collection of 263 songs and tracks of the greatest historical, as well as musical, significance, and his book offers his thoughts on each selection. The package also includes a beautifully crafted drive with all 263 recordings.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will also be available as an e-book through multiple platforms.
Columbia’s list of major performers, past and present, is unsurpassed and includes much of the most important, and beloved music in all genres, including pop, rock, country, show tunes, classical, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues. Artists recorded by Columbia and its subsidiaries have included Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Adele, Billy Joel, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robert Johnson, Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, LL Cool J, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack White, and more.
360 Sound includes 300 rare and intimate photographs from the Columbia archives and sidebar discussions of crucial developments and performers written by eminent music historians Dave Marsh and Colin Escott. The book offers a virtual history of the music industry from its infancy, tracing Columbia’s pivotal technological as well as business innovations, not least its invention of the LP. It also reflects on the connection between Columbia’s artists and music and sweeping cultural and political changes, from the emergence of mass commercial culture to the rise of the civil rights movement and beyond.
The release of 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will be celebrated with a launch event in New York on Oct. 30 th. Additionally there will be a retrospective exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. An event is set for November 7 th at the Museum on opening day.
360 Sound author Sean Wilentz is one of the nation’s most prominent historians. His books and commentary on music, politics, and the arts have received numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and his writing on music has been nominated for a Grammy Award. He is currently the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University.
Dave Marsh has written more than 20 books on rock and popular music. He has written extensively for publications including Rolling Stone and Playboy. Since 2004, he has hosted a two hour weekly show on XM/Sirius Radio.
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For 125 years, Columbia Records has remained one of the most vibrant and storied names in prerecorded sound, nurturing the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more. Written by distinguished historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound tells the story of the label's rich history as it interweaves threads of technical and social change with the creation of some of the greatest albums ever made. Featuring over 300 rare and revealing images from the Columbia archives, this lavishly illustrated celebration is a must-have for any serious music fan.
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