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Darryl Holter Woody Guthrie Plaque at Petes Cafe

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"The idea for the plaque came from Bob Santelli (Director of the Grammy Museum) and myself." - Darryl Holter

The plan to designate 4th and Main, in Los Angeles, as "Woody Guthrie Square" had already been discussed but we wanted something that would provide more information about Guthrie and why the Square was designated as such. We decided to talk to Tom Gilmore and Pete at Pete s Café and Bar in the historic San Fernando building directly across from Woody Guthrie Square. Tom and Pete said "Good idea!" so we ran with it. Now the plaque is there for the world to see.

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2 Grammy nominations for Woody Guthrie Collection: Woody At 100
By Darryl Holter

Woddy Guthrie 100 Smithsonian Folkways receives 2 GRAMMY nominations for Woody Guthrie Collection: Woody At 100

Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, an in-depth boxed set released in honor of the influential folk singer/songwriter's 100th birthday, earned two nominations. The winners will be announced by The Recording Academy on February 10, 2013.

One of the best things about the collection is that it includes the earliest recordings ever done by Guthrie in LA in 1939. These four songs were discovered by Peter La Chapellea in the Harry Hay papers at the Southern California Library. And more ...

The nominations for Woody at 100 bring Woody Guthrie's lifetime count to five, in addition his 1998 GRAMMY Hall of Fame induction and his 2000 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.

Woody Guthrie 100 GrammysNominations:
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package: Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, Fritz Klaetke, art director.

Best Historical Album: Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, Jeff Place and Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer.

About Woody At 100
The range of this three-disc collection seeks not only to hit the highest points in Guthrie's repertoire, but also to present glimpses into his history that shed new light on the man and his music, along with a handful of recordings never before issued to the public.

Darryl Holter is an archivist and writer on Woody Guthrie.

Johnny Depp Co-Editing Lost Woody Guthrie Novel
House of Earth  to be published next year

Johnny Depp is co-editing the lost Woody Guthrie novel House of Earth alongside author Douglas Brinkley, with the book set for publication sometime next year, the New York Times reports.

As noted in an essay penned by the pair that appeared in the Times, House of Earth was inspired by Guthrie's own experiences living through the Dust Bowl, as well as his reading of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Guthrie's own writing of "This Land Is Your Land." Perhaps the key source of inspiration, however, came when Guthrie saw the sturdy adobe haciendas while he busked in New Mexico - he was amazed by the weatherproof structures that could withstand the worst the Dust Bowl threw at them.

The novel tells the story of two West Texas farmers, Tike and Ella May Hamlin, who despite an intense connection with the land they live on can t keep their house safe from damage in the dust storms, until Tike decides to build a new home out of adobe. But since Tike and Ella s home is on land owned by a big bank in cahoots with a lumber company, the project is forbidden.

As Depp and Brinkely write: "In Guthrie's fierce proletarian worldview, the rural poor are thereby shafted by the iron boot heel of capitalist greed merchants, and he finger-points everyone from bankers to lumbermen to termite-like real estate brokers, enemies of the little guy. At a key juncture, Tike rails against the sheep mentality of honest folks in Texas and Oklahoma who let the capitalist vultures steal from them."
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Darryl Holter is an archival researcher on Woody Guthrie and a musician based in Los Angeles, CA. In "Crooked Hearts," his third album, Darryl Holter offers up dark tales of love and heartache, betrayal and crime.

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