Between the New Multitudes project, Note of Hope compilation, complete Mermaid Avenue sessions, iPad tributes and more, 2012 is shaping up to be the year of Woody Guthrie. This makes sense, of course, because the iconic folk-protest singer would have turned 100 years old on July 14.
Continuing in the centennial celebration, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are set to release a box set called Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection on July 10. The collection includes a large-format 150-page book with essays by co-producers Robert Santelli and Jeff Place, as well as three CDs with a total of 57 tracks. The set also has 21 previously unreleased performances, four of which are Woody’s first known, recently discovered recordings from when he was working for KFVD radio station in Los Angeles in 1939.
Pre-sale packages of Woody at 100 include and instant album download, limited-edition poster, t-shirt and access to listen a previously unreleased Woody Guthrie song and are available at the Smithsonian Folkways website.