The intersection of Fourth and Main Streets in downtown Los Angeles will bededicated today, April 12, as Woody Guthrie Square in connection with the city’seight-day celebration of the centennial of the late folk singer’s birth.
Councilwoman Jan Perry will be joined by Guthrie’srelatives and
representatives of the Grammy Museumat the 10 a.m. ceremony.
Guthrie lived in Los Angelesfrom 1937-1940, broadcasting shows on radio station KFVD (now KTNQ) until beingfired for his unrelenting support of the Soviet Union.
The celebration also includes a concert at Club Nokia atL.A. Live and
an academic conference at USC, both on Saturday.
Such artists as Jackson Browne, David Crosby & GrahamNash, John Doe, Kris Kristofferson and Van Dyke Parks will performGuthrie’s songs at “This Land Is Your Land:The Woody GuthrieCentennial Celebration Concert.”
“This Great and Crowded City: Woody Guthrie’sLos Angeles,” will have scholars, musicians and writers discussGuthrie’s itinerant wanderings through California and the far West andthe Dust Bowl culture he drew upon in his songs of commentary and protest.