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Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) is widely recognized as America’s greatest folk singer and songwriter. While his life was cut-short in his 50’s by Huntington’s disease, the volume, scope and influence of his work is immense and far-reaching. A powerful voice for justice, and the author of more than 3,000 songs (including “This Land Is Your Land”), he was also a poet, painter, illustrator, novelist, journal keeper, profuse letter writer, and philosopher.

Curated by his daughter Nora Guthrie and music historian Robert Santelli the new book Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art • Words and Wisdom (Nov. 16, 2021, $40, Chronicle Books) delves into his archives, giving unprecedented access and visibility to his lyrics, art, and correspondence; and spotlights Guthrie’s passionate social politics which are as vital today as ever.

The book has deep meaning for Nora Guthrie: “Bob Dylan once said, ‘You could listen to his songs and actually learn how to live’. That line sums up what my life has evidenced. As his daughter, this is how he taught me how to live. His songs, his art, his secret journal entries, his essays full of clear and sometimes explosive ideas, have been there all my life teaching me how to live. These are the ideals that I’ve been encouraged to strive for, to reach up to, to think about. Now it’s time for me to put together my selections from all these teachings – thoughts on politics, on religion, on relationships, on children, and more – that have benefited me most, so that others can discover and benefit from them.”

This fresh, intimate, and vibrantly visual book brings to life Woody’s story through facsimiles of his own personal writings, photos, and artwork. Woody wrote powerfully about economic inequality, immigration reform, fascism, war, corruption from unbridled capitalism, patriotism, environmentalism, as well as spirituality of all kinds, love, and family.

Readers will get to know Guthrie through his own words and art including:

  • Over 90 original handwritten and typed lyrics to classic and well-known songs such as Oklahoma Hills, Pretty Boy Floyd, Deportee, The Ballad of Harriet Tubman, All You Fascists, California Stars, I’m Shipping Up To Boston, Joe DiMaggio and Riding In My Car.
  • Illustrated pages from his journals, and notebooks of the people he met, ideas he considered, and issues he confronted.
  • Private letters to friends, family, and fellow creators that illuminate his inner thoughts, deliberations, and celebrations.
  • Photographs from his personal collection including from his time in military service, gigs on the road, photos with fellow musicians, and family snapshots.

Featuring contributions by Douglas Brinkley, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Jeff Daniels, Ani DiFranco, and Arlo Guthrie this stunningly visual collection is surprising, enlightening, inspiring, and edifying, spotlighting Woody Guthrie as a significant guiding voice and citizen of the world.