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Rog Peek 02 Jun 09 - 04:44 PM
evansakes 02 Jun 09 - 05:24 PM
Dave Hanson 03 Jun 09 - 02:53 AM
Rog Peek 03 Jun 09 - 07:00 PM
evansakes 04 Jun 09 - 06:17 AM
matt milton 04 Jun 09 - 11:52 AM
evansakes 16 Jun 09 - 07:58 AM
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Subject: Will Kaufman/Woodie Guthrie
From: Rog Peek
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 04:44 PM

Attended Will's presentation on Woodie Guthrie at bath on Saturday- entertaining, informative, brilliant! Thanks Will.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Will Kaufman/Woodie Guthrie
From: evansakes
Date: 02 Jun 09 - 05:24 PM

Was it just song and recitation, Rog? Or was there a visual element also? (slides/film etc)

He'll be at Twick in a few weeks but we're not sure exactly what to expect....


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Subject: RE: Will Kaufman/Woodie Guthrie
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 02:53 AM

I saw him at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge a month or so ago, a talk, songs and slides, altogether an excellent event, well worth seeing.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Will Kaufman/Woodie Guthrie
From: Rog Peek
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 07:00 PM

The presentation begins with slides of a number of B&W photographs which illustrate the attrocious conditions in the dust bowl. While this is showing Will plays slide guitar.

The rest consists of recitation puntuated by songs sung by Will accompanying himself variously on guitar, banjo and fiddle. The whole thing invokes many emotions including sorrow, sympathy, empathy, humour, etc., I would have no hessitation in recommending it.

Rog


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Subject: RE: Will Kaufman/Woodie Guthrie
From: evansakes
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 06:17 AM

Just looked up the date....Will is visiting us in Twickenham on June 21st

Here's the press release/flyer....

WOODY GUTHRIE: HARD TIMES AND HARD TRAVELLIN' is a live documentary that sets the songs of Woody Guthrie in the context of the American 1930s ? the Dust Bowl, the Depression, the New Deal and the state of popular music itself. In the presentation, Will Kaufman brings such hard-hitting Guthrie songs as "Vigilante Man", "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "I Ain't Got No Home" into conversation with other relevant songs ? from Joe Hill's "The Preacher and the Slave" to "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?". These renditions, buttressed by detailed historical commentary, exemplify the blending of music and radical politics that marks Guthrie's most powerful and evocative work.

WILL KAUFMAN is a singer, guitarist and Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire. In 2008 he was awarded the BMI-Woody Guthrie Research Fellowship. To book this presentation, contact Will on www.myspace.com/willkaufman


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Subject: RE: Will Kaufman/Woodie Guthrie
From: matt milton
Date: 04 Jun 09 - 11:52 AM

For any Londoners, he's also playing upstairs at the next night of monthly club Offline, which takes place at the Dogstar in Brixton a week today (Thursday 11th)

Entry is free, and there's quite a jamboree of a line-up. Will is on around 8pm apparently.

WILL KAUFMAN
"Woody Guthrie: Hard times and hard travellin'"
A brilliantly entertaining and informative musical 'tour' around Woody Guthrie's America, Will's performance mixes live performance, sparkling humour and excellent musicianship. Discover why Guthrie's work is as relevant and hard-hitting now as it was for America in the Depression in this superb show.
"No one can understand the American people without listening to Woody Guthrie. Will Kaufman's doing important work here." Tom Paxton
Times feature

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Subject: RE: Will Kaufman/Woodie Guthrie
From: evansakes
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 07:58 AM

Flagging this one up again....

Prof Will Kaufman brings his Woody Guthrie show to Twickenham this coming Sunday 21st. Plenty of tickets available (or just turn up and pay on the door)

http://www.myspace.com/willkaufman


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Subject: RE: Will Kaufman/Woodie Guthrie
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 04:00 PM

Recommended. Saw him last week at UCLAN, Preston, presenting Woody Guthrie's civil rights songs. Showing how Woody got from the casual racism of his famiy and local background in Okemah to his more recognizable persona as spokesman for the poor and opressed of all colours against fascism and authority. Great stuff.

Ross


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Subject: RE: Will Kaufman/Woodie Guthrie
From: evansakes
Date: 21 Jun 09 - 04:55 AM

Will Kaufman's Woody Guthrie presentation/show is tonight and there's still plenty of room if any want to join us.

Sold a number of tickets in the last few days after an article in the local paper.


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