To document Woody Guthrie's vast cultural legacy, this book comprises the largest collection of Woody Guthrie artwork ever to be published in the world. It contains a wealth of evocative paintings, drawings, watercolor, sketches, writings and other meaningful, inspirational material found in his hundreds of personal journals. "Woody Guthrie: A Life With Art" will for the first time display a varied selection of Guthrie's visual oeuvre, including original material drawn from the Woody Guthrie Archive in New York. Complementing this compelling visual homage will be essays, quotes, and artistic contributions from contemporary artists and figures. Together, "Woody Guthrie: A Life With Art" is a unique look back at this legendary figure that conveys the breadth and depth of Guthrie's influence.
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie was born on July 14, 1912, in Okemah, Oklahoma, Having lived through some of the most significant historic movements and events of the Twentieth-Century--the Great Depression, the Great Dust Storm, World War II, the social and the political upheavals resulting from Unionism, the Communist Party and the Cold War--Woody absorbed it all to become a prolific writer whose songs, ballads, prose and poetry captured the plight of every man. Nora Guthrie is Woody's daughter and, since she opened the Woody Guthrie Archives in 1996 it has been a major success becoming an important resource for the general public, musicians, singers, songwriters, scholars, and public and private cultural institutions wishing to access the collection. Nora's goal is to "Invoke a community togetherness that isn't there at the moment and trying to achieve everything Woody strove for. You have to go where people are, emotionally and politically. It's a gradual and slow process. It's not blaming people."