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Distinguished scholars, musicians, and writers came together for a conference that explored Woody Guthrie’s rise to fame in Depression-era Los Angeles. They discussed Guthrie’s itinerant wanderings through California and the far West, the Dust Bowl culture he drew upon in his songs of commentary and protest, and the backdrop of Los Angeles at the dawn of the Second World War.
Born Woodrow Wilson Guthrie on July 14, 1912, Woody Guthrie became the nation’s most recognizable and important folk singer before the folk revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.
“This Great and Crowded City” was sponsored jointly by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative; and the GRAMMY Museum of Los Angeles. It took place April 14, 2012, at Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California. The event was part of year-long celebrations marking the centennial of Guthrie’s birth. For more information on national events, visit the website www.woody100.com.

This Great and Crowded City: Woody Guthrie’s Los Angeles The Huntington

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Distinguished scholars, musicians, and writers came together for a conference that explored Woody Guthrie’s rise to fame in Depression-era Los Angeles. They discussed Guthrie’s itinerant wanderings through California and the far West, the Dust Bowl culture he drew upon in his songs of commentary and protest, and the backdrop of Los Angeles at the dawn of the Second World War.
Born Woodrow Wilson Guthrie on July 14, 1912, Woody Guthrie became the nation’s most recognizable and important folk singer before the folk revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.
“This Great and Crowded City” was sponsored jointly by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West; Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative; and the GRAMMY Museum of Los Angeles. It took place April 14, 2012, at Bovard Auditorium at the University of Southern California. The event was part of year-long celebrations marking the centennial of Guthrie’s birth. For more information on national events, visit the website www.woody100.com.

    Woody Guthrie’s Sense of Humor, Optimism, and Love of Country

    Woody Guthrie’s Sense of Humor, Optimism, and Love of Country

    Ed Cray, author of “Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie,” kicks off the conference “This Great and Crowded City: Woody Guthrie’s Los Angeles,” held at the University of Southern California on April 14, 2012, in celebration of the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. Cray is a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

    • 8 min
    Woody Guthrie’s Musical Archive (Keynote Address)

    Woody Guthrie’s Musical Archive (Keynote Address)

    Jeff Place talks about the rich musical archive of Woody Guthrie. He spoke at the conference “This Great and Crowded City: Woody Guthrie’s Los Angeles,” held at the University of Southern California on April 14, 2012, in celebration of the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. Place is archivist at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

    • 19 min
    “‘Being in the Red’: Woody Guthrie and the ‘People’s Daily World’”

    “‘Being in the Red’: Woody Guthrie and the ‘People’s Daily World’”

    Ron Briley spoke about Woody Guthrie’s column for the “People’s Daily World” on a panel titled “Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles: A Musical/Political Evolution” at the conference “This Great and Crowded City: Woody Guthrie’s Los Angeles,” held at the University of Southern California on April 14, 2012, in celebration of the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. Briley is a history teacher and assistant headmaster at Sandia Prepatory School in Albuquerque, N.M. He is working on a book about Guthrie’s politics.

    • 21 min
    The Guthrie Prestos: Uncovering Woody’s Hidden Recording History in Los Angeles

    The Guthrie Prestos: Uncovering Woody’s Hidden Recording History in Los Angeles

    Peter La Chapelle talk about rare Guthrie recordings was featured on a panel titled “Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles: A Musical/Political Evolution” at the conference “This Great and Crowded City: Woody Guthrie’s Los Angeles,” held at the University of Southern California on April 14, 2012, in celebration of the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. La Chapelle is associate professor of history and chair of the humanities department at Nevada State College. He is author of “Proud to Be and Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California” (2007).

    • 25 min
    Radio and the Evangelical Crowd in 1930s L.A.

    Radio and the Evangelical Crowd in 1930s L.A.

    Philip Goff spoke on a panel titled “L.A. and Woody Guthrie” at the conference “This Great and Crowded City: Woody Guthrie’s Los Angeles,” held at the University of Southern California on April 14, 2012, in celebration of the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. Goff is professor of religious studies and American studies and director of the Center for the Study of Relgion and American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University
Indianapolis.

    • 20 min
    Ramblin’ in Black and White: Race and Migration in the Works of Woody Guthrie

    Ramblin’ in Black and White: Race and Migration in the Works of Woody Guthrie

    Dan Cady and Doug Flamming combined a scholarly presentation with a music performance at the conference “This Great and Crowded City: Woody Guthrie’s Los Angeles,” held at the University of Southern California on April 14, 2012, in celebration of the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth. Cady is assistant professor of history at California State University, Fresno; Flamming, is professor of history at Georgia Institute of Technology.

    • 47 min

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