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Our friends at Seattle Public Library put together a reading list just for our production, with plenty of titles to feed your interest before and after the show.

To view a full annotated list and place holds on items visit
Seattle Public Library’s website.

Woody at 100
The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
by Guthrie, Woody
Music CD - 2012
Hankering for more Woody tunes after seeing WOODY SEZ? Start with this handsomely packaged three-disc compilation from Smithsonian Folkways, which collects his best known songs as well as lesser known tracks and includes a 150-page booklet full of essays and photographs. Show less

Long Ways to Travel
Unreleased Folkways Masters, 1944-1949
by Guthrie, Woody
Music CD - 1994
Selected by Guthrie scholar Guy Logsdon for the Smithsonian Folkways label, this collection of previously unreleased Guthrie tracks includes a few with local references – “Talking Centralia” and “Seattle to Chicago.”

Roll on Columbia
The Columbia River Songs
by Guthrie, Woody
Printed Music - 1987?
Learn some of the songs from WOODY SEZ with this printed collection of tunes that Guthrie wrote while working for the Bonneville Power Administration in Oregon. It includes the Washington State folk song, “Roll On, Columbia.”

Bound for Glory
by Guthrie, Woody
Book - 1983
In his classic, partially fictionalized autobiography, first published in 1943, Guthrie recounts his childhood in Oklahoma and the devastating impact of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression on his family and country that he witnessed in his hobo-like rambles across the country.

House of Earth
A Novel
by Guthrie, Woody
Book - 2013
Originally written in 1947, Guthrie’s novel about a Texas farmer and his wife struggling to eke out a living in the Dust Bowl era was recently rediscovered and edited for publication by historian Douglas Brinkley and actor Johnny Depp.

My Name Is New York
Ramblin' Around Woody Guthrie's Town
by Guthrie, Nora
Book - 2012
Although he is known as an inveterate rambler, Woody put down strong roots in New York City, where he lived for 27 years. This compact illustrated guide provides a walking tour of the places he lived and wrote many of his best known songs.

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads
By Nick Hayes
by Hayes, Nick
Graphic Novel - 2016
Illustrated in warm sepia tones, this vividly drawn graphic biography traces Guthrie’s life from his teenage years in Oklahoma to his travels during Great Depression up until 1940, when he wrote his most famous song, “This Land Is Your Land.”

Woody Guthrie, American Radical
by Kaufman, Will
Book - 2011
Nationally celebrated as a folk balladeer and author of America’s “second national anthem, Guthrie’s history as a radical activist who advocated for labor and civil rights is often overlooked. Discover his political past in this work by historian and folksinger Will Kaufman.Show less

This Land Is your Land
Woody Guthrie and the Journey of An American Folk Song
by Santelli, Robert
Book - 2012
Most Americans have sung part of “This Land Is Your Land” at some point in their lives, but few know the full song and its complex, controversial back story. Learn its history in this thoroughly researched book by music writer Robert Santelli.

26 Songs in 30 Days
Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest
by Vandy, Greg
Book - 2016
Local KEXP DJ Greg Vandy has penned a fascinating account of Guthrie’s travels in the Pacific Northwest and his work for the federal government in 1941 writing songs (including “Roll On, Columbia” and “Pastures of Plenty”) to promote the Grand Coulee Dam and cheap hydroelectric power. Show less

This Machine Kills Fascists
The Woody Guthrie Story
DVD - 2008
Narrated by Billy Bragg, this 2008 documentary chronicles the life and times of Woody Guthrie and features historical footage and photographs, excerpts from 40 of his songs and contemporary interviews.

Mermaid Avenue
The Complete Sessions
by Bragg, Billy
Music CD - 2012
At the behest of Woody’s daughter Nora, British singer/songwriter Bragg and American alternative band Wilco wrote and recorded original tunes for some of Guthrie’s lyrics, which had not previously been set to music. This three-CD set collects three volumes of those songs, recorded between 1998 and 2012.


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