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Nora Guthrie talks about the new Bear Family box set...


Release date: September 22, 2017

Over 3 hours of live concert material! 20 new songs!

CARNEGIE HALL, 1968
Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger and Odetta, along with actors Will Geer and Robert Ryan who served as narrators.

HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 1970
Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Odetta, Joan Baez, Country Joe McDonald, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Earl Robinson along with Peter Fonda and Will Geer as narrators.


In 1972, Columbia Records and Warner Brother Records each released a separate live tribute to Woody Guthrie album (one at Carnegie Hall and the other at the Hollywood Bowl)— a rare cooperative effort between rival labels that speaks to the high reverence in which Woody Guthrie was held.  Those albums, however, edited and intermingled tracks from two events and failed to capture comprehensively the full impact of those nights.

Now, exactly 50 years after Guthrie’s death, Bear Family Records will present what took place on those two iconic evenings in the original, scripted order.

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A special note from Nora...

On the 50th anniversary of my father’s passing I am remembering what a young man once said about Woody. “You can listen to Woody Guthrie songs and actually learn how to live.” 

That young man was Bob Dylan. Not the now world famous Bob Dylan. Not the “greatest songwriter of his generation” Bob Dylan. Not the Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan. No. This was way before all that. This was the young man who came to our house in 1961 to find my father. This was the young man who visited him in the hospital and brought him cigarettes. And this young man learned and played all the songs my father wanted to hear– his own! And whether or not he even understood what he was saying, this young man blurted out words that have stayed with me all these years.

“You can listen to Woody Guthrie songs and actually learn how to live.” 

I’ve been surrounded by my father’s songs my entire life. And today, I want to think about and remember how – specifically – how have I “learned how to live” from his songs?  Most of them have messages – political, social, worldly, personal – ideas and ideals. Values. Do’s and don’ts. Warnings. Encouragements. Pleas. Confirmations. Affirmations. For the most part, even as a child, these are teachings that I take for granted without giving it a second thought...

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NEW SONGS FROM
THE WOODY GUTHRIE ARCHIVE

The complete listing A-Z of new songs released from the Archive...

Aginst Th' Law
Ain't A Gonna Do
Ain't a Gonna Grieve
Airline to Heaven
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