Woody Guthrie’s typewritten lyrics for “My Name Is New York”

Although Wood Guthrie symbolizes the plains of Oklahoma, Woody Guthrie spent the last 27 of his life in New York. “Nobody seems to know Woody ever lived in New York,” says Nora Guthrie tells Rolling Stone Magazine of her father. “As I was working on the archives, I was totally surprised at how many songs he had written in the city. I figured if I didn’t know much about it, not a lot of other people did either.”

On September 23rd, many of the songs Woody wrote while in The Big Apple will be released on My Name Is New York, a three-disc compilation that puts tracks Guthrie wrote about his adopted hometown with interviews featuring Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Nora and Arlo Guthrie.

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