October 10, 2012 Library of Congress Celebrates Woody Guthrie with Round-Robin Performance Oct. 13

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Legendary folk artists Noel Stookey, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Jimmy LaFave join Bob Santelli, GRAMMY Museum® Executive Director and author of “This Land Is Your Land: Woody Guthrie and the Journey of an American Folk Song,” for a round- robin performance and conversation celebrating Woody Guthrie on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, located at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or (202) 397-7328.

The performance will be preceded by a talk from American Folklife Center curator Todd Harvey on the center’s Woodie Guthrie Collections at 1 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion.

In songs like “Talking Dust Bowl Blues” and “Goin’ Down That Road Feelin’ Bad,” recorded in his historic 1940 Library of Congress sessions with Alan Lomax, Guthrie evoked the outlines of the American landscape, natural and political. Other collections in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, including The Woody Guthrie Manuscript Collection and the Alan Lomax Collection, hold correspondence, essays, prose, drawings and song lyrics created by Guthrie between 1935 and 1951.

Noel Paul Stookey is best known as “Paul” from the folk group “Peter, Paul and Mary,” winners of five GRAMMY® awards. His commitment to folk music is rooted in the potential of music in social causes.

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott was a longtime friend of Woody Guthrie, moving in with him and his family for a period beginning in 1950. His career and impact on folk and guitar music influenced generations of artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. President Bill Clinton said “Ramblin’ Jack has himself become an American treasure” when he presented him with the National Medal of the Arts in 1998.

Since 1996, Jimmy LaFave has maintained a close relationship with the Guthrie family, performing at Woody Guthrie tributes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other prestigious venues. A singer-songwriter who bears the mark of Guthrie’s legacy, LaFave is a quintessential Americana artist, playing what he calls “red dirt music.”

The Concerts from the Library of Congress series is made possible through the generous support of endowments given to the Library by private donors.

The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library of Congress to “preserve and present American Folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs, and training. The center includes the American Folklife Center Archive of folk culture, which was established in 1928 and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/folklife/.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.


PR 12-189
ISSN 0731-3527