1996: Woody Guthrie


Hard Travelin': 

The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie


Original folk hero Woody Guthrie was the honoree for the 1st annual American Music Masters Series.  Guthrie [inducted 1988] is America's foremost folk troubador.  One of the 20th century's most evocative names, Guthrie was a singer, songwriter, and creator of hundreds of stories, novels, essays, poems, cartoons and art.  He is the author of such classics as "This Land is Your Land," "Pastures of Plenty," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "I Ain't Got No Home," "Do-Re-Mi," and countless other staples in American folk music.  He is recognized as one of the first leading American songwriters to give a popular voice to the struggles and political issues concerning the people of this nation.  Anyone who has ever written a lyric about social or political protest owes something to Guthrie.  His influence on rock and roll remains profound.


Tribute Concert at the Odeon

Saturday, September 28

  • Alejandro Escovedo
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore
  • John Wesley Harding
  • Jorma Kaukonen
  • Jimmy LaFave
  • Country Joe McDonald
  • Paul Metsa
  • Syd Straw
  • Cast of Woody Guthrie’s American Song


Tribute Concert at Severance Hall

Sunday, September 29

  • Billy Bragg
  • Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Indigo Girls
  • David Pirner of Soul Asylum
  • Tim Robbins (emcee)
  • Pete Seeger
  • Bruce Springsteen

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He is just a voice and a guitar. He sings the songs of a people and I suspect that he is, in a way, that people. I think we call this the American spirit.
- John Steinbeck