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Thread #31565 Message #977447
Posted By: Joe Offer
05-Jul-03 - 04:25 PM
Thread Name: Woody Guthrie songbook
Subject: RE: Woody Guthrie songbook
Hi, Russ - We may be the best online source for Woody Guthrie lyrics and tunes, although we rarely have chords (click to see what we have). Another great online source is the one I posted above, The Songs of Woody Guthrie. Woody wrote a vast number of songs, and no Website or book has them all.
I suppose the easiest place to get lyrics and chords for Woody Guthrie songs is the "Rise Up Singing" songbook. It has 22 Woody Guthrie songs. If you want lyrics and tunes, Sing Out! Magazine has two volumes of The Collected Reprints from Sing Out! The Folk song Magazine. The "pink book" (vol 1-6) has 27 Guthrie songs, and the "blue book" (vol 7-12) has 15. There was a wonderful book reissued recently by University of Nebraska Press, Hard-Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People, by Seeger, Lomax, and Guthrie. It has lots of Woody's songs, but it's quite expensive and I see it's out of print again.
As far as I can tell, there is no definitive Woody Guthrie songbook currently in print - and that's a shame.
You may want to check http://www.woodyguthrie.org and see what information they have.
-Joe Offer (e-mail sent)-