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Woody Guthrie

July 14, 1912 - October 3, 1967

 

—74 Charles Street, Manhattan —

 
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 30, 2018
1. Woody Guthrie Marker
Inscription. Woodrow Wilson "Woody” Guthrie, composer of This Land Is Your Land, is considered a 'father' of American folk music. Known as "The Dust Bowl Balladeer,” he was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, and spent years traveling throughout the U.S., before moving to New York City in 1940. Guthrie lived here, from December 1942 to May 1943, where he wrote patriotic, anti-Fascist songs supporting the U.S. role in WWII, and played music with such friends as blues icon Lead Belly; Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Guthrie helped popularize a new approach to songwriting, telling stories of hardship and hopes; where topics including workers' rights, social injustices, historic events, civil rights, and political issues became the foundation for his musical creativity and expression. He wrote more than 3000songs, and his influence has inspired generations of musicians in every genre of music.
 
Erected 2013 by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions marker series.
 
Location. 40° 44.086′ N, 74° 0.218′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 30, 2018
2. Woody Guthrie Marker - wide view, looking west
Charles Street east of Bleecker Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 74 Charles Street, New York NY 10014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sinclair Lewis (within shouting distance of this marker); Hart Crane (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Whittemore House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hartwick Seminary (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church (about 400 feet away); Christopher Park (about 500 feet away); Thomas Paine Death House (about 500 feet away); Stonewall Inn (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .
1. HLPC Cultural Medallion, Woody Guthrie, October 16, 2013 (YouTube, 40 mins.). "Installment of the Cultural Medallion honoring Woody Guthrie on October 16, 2013. The ceremony was led by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, who established the Cultural Medallion program for the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center." (Submitted on November 1, 2018.) 

2. Woody Guthrie (Wikipedia). Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter, one of the most significant figures in American folk music; his music, including songs, such
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By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 30, 2018
3. Woody Guthrie Marker - wider view
His apartment was on the 5th floor.
as "This Land Is Your Land", has inspired several generations both politically and musically. He wrote hundreds of political, folk, and children's songs, along with ballads and improvised works. His album of songs about the Dust Bowl period, Dust Bowl Ballads, is included on Mojo magazine's list of 100 Records That Changed The World. Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress. Songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Hunter, Harry Chapin, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Andy Irvine, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, Jerry Garcia, Jay Farrar, Bob Weir, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Childers, Sammy Walker, Tom Paxton, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Brian Fallon, and Sixto Rodríguez have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence. He frequently performed with the slogan "This machine kills fascists" displayed on his guitar. (Submitted on November 2, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
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Al Aumuller (photo courtesy of the Library of Congress), March 8, 1943
4. Woody Guthrie
 
 
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