On January 20, 1968, the “A Tribute To Woody Guthrie” concert at Carnegie Hall was the first major fundraiser for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (formerly known as the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease).
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, HDSA is selling Limited Edition Box Sets signed by Woody Guthrie’s daughter, Nora!
The 3-CD Set with two beautifully illustrated books containing historic liner notes and Guthrie biography, original concert reviews and photographs, attendees interviews and artists bios, and concert ephemera from both the 1968 Concert and the 1970 Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
When Woody Guthrie died on October 3, 1967, after a stubborn fifteen year bout with Huntington‘s disease, a lot of people who had known him, worked with him, or just sung his songs felt a spontaneous desire to do something.
The list of artists joined Woody’s own friends and peers with the next generation of songwriters and musicians just coming into their own. Appearing at the January concert were Judy Collins, Bob Dylan (in the first public appearance after his motorcycle accident in 1966 with members of The Band), Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Odetta, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger. Actors Will Geer and Robert Ryan narrated the program. Both performances were sold out an hour after tickets went on sale. Those fortunate enough to attend participated in one of the most exciting and remarkable musical experiences of all time.Two years later, eighteen thousand people attended the west coast Tribute which took place on September 12, 1970, at the Hollywood Bowl. Joan Baez, Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Odetta, Country Joe McDonald, Richie Havens, Earl Robinson and Pete Seeger performed. Peter Fonda joined Will Geer in narrating. The house band included members of Swampwater and Ry Cooder.
This amazing Box Set features:
- Twenty never before released tracks
- Bonus tracks include interviews with Judy Collins, Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and Pete Seeger
- Rare photos and never before seen stills from the Hollywood Bowl show film masters
- Essays by Will Kaufman, Wenzel, and Sean Wilentz
- Reproduction of the original 1972 TRO Concert Book includes historic and concert photos with music notations and lyrics.