Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Woodie Guthrie...downtown Los Angeles street to be named after legend! April 7th kick-off!

A part of a town which creatively inspired folk singer Woody Guthrie will bear his name in the near future in downtown Los Angeles at 5th & Main Streets.

 On Wednesday the Public Works Committee approved a motion by Ninth District Councilwoman - Jan Perry - to rename the intersection:

 “Woody Guthrie Square"

The actual process is in its early stages.

Although the proposed name has not been posted yet, eventually, ceremonial signs will be hoisted up to commemorate the gifted legendary musician.

Guthrie, was a unique talent who was born in 1912.

With tunes like - "This Land is Your Land" - he gave a voice to the working class across America.

One of his best-known hits - “Fifth Street Blues" - was inspired by his actual experiences at the intersection at 5th and Main!

The unique performer with the distinctive style frequently performed with the slogan "This Machine Kills Fascists" displayed on his guitar.

Many musical greats - such as Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Bruce Springsteen - have acknowledged that Guthrie greatly influenced their own musical musings over the years.

He was a prolific writer who wrotes hundreds of tunes which included political ditties, traditional pieces, ballads, children's songs, you name it.

Many of his compositions were about his experiences in the "Dust Bowl" during the era of the troubling depression; consequently, he earned the nickname the "Dust Bowl Troubadour".

Woody Guthrie was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 1997.

 In tandem with the slated festive celebrations, the Grammy Museum (located at 800 W. Olympic Boulevard) will present a free lecture by museum Executive Director Bob Santelli on the artist (April 7th).

The discussion will be focus on Guthrie's life and legacy.

The program lauunches at 11 a.m. and kick-off  “Woody Guthrie Week” (which runs through April 14th).

Fans and historians alike will be treated to features films, lectures, workshops, education programs and concerts.

See 'ya there!

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