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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…”


News, New Arrivals & Work To Do

14 Apr

April Desk

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Sketches Of Spain

19 Jan

The big box about the Spanish Civil War is finally ready to print. This is the cover:

BCD 16093 Front


This edition presents – for the first time in such quantity – more than 120 Spanish Civil War songs on 7 CDs: songs of the Spanish people and the Republican Army (many hitherto widely unknown outside of Spain) along with songs created and sung by members of the International Brigades. A significant trait is the inclusion of historic shellac recordings with Ernst Busch, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Paul Robeson. A bonus DVD features the documentary film “300 Jews against Franco”, a history of Interbrigadists in Spain who came from Palestine.

In three languages, the 300-page booklet features all lyrics with comments and explanations, a timeline of the Spanish Civil War, extensive excerpts from eyewitness accounts by authors ranging from Ernest Hemingway to Ludwig Renn, more than 40 color reproductions of Republican posters, a great number of historical photos and a collection of 31 outstanding watercolors from 1938 in facsimile.

The box will be released by Bear Family soon.


Sketches Of Spain

20 Sep

We’re working on a project about the Spanish Civil War at the moment, a box with 7 CDs, one DVD and a 300-page book (out early next year).

The audio discs have an amazing collection of contemporary songs, feat. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Ernst Busch and many others. Some of these recordings were made under difficult conditions – the label pictured here has a sticker apologising for the sound quality because the recording was made while the studio was attacked by bombs.

Brigadas Disc

The book also has essays and short stories from writers like Ernest Hemingway and Arthur Koestler. When Hemingway was in Spain in May 1937 to research and contribute to a documentary by director Joris Ivens, they visited the 11th International Brigade in Brunete. On their way they realized their car was in the line of fire. Minutes after they left their car it was hit by a grenade:

Hemingway Car

Also included are dozens of those famous posters from the Civil War. These came from several sources, and we compared them all, and restored each one to its original glory. Here are some before/after examples:

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