Here’s Woody

31 Jul

The first copies have just arrived from the printers – here’s a look at the new Woody Guthrie set from Bear Family:

The set collects the recordings (feat. 20 previously unissued tracks) from the two Tribute Concerts at the Carnegie Hall in 1968 and at the Hollywood Bowl in 1970 and includes two hardcover books: one is packed with photos from the concerts (by Jim Marshall and David Gahr) and rehearsals/soundchecks, plus essays focusing on several aspects of Woody’s life and work. And of course a proper Bear Family set wouldn’t be complete without hundreds of illustrations – albums of Woody Guthrie’s music from around the world, covers of foreign editions of his books, as well as rare pictures from the Guthry Family archives.

The second book is a reprint of the “TRO Tribute Songbook” featuring lyrics and musical notation of most of the songs performed at the concerts. And even if you think you know Woody’s songs by heart, here’s your chance to discover brilliantly magic lines like

“In the misty crystal glitter of that wild and windward spray…”

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