Photo: Woody Guthrie and Alan Lomax with Ann Lomax and Dorothy Botkin, 1946
Woody Guthrie interviewed by folklorist Alan Lomax
In March of 1940, a young Woody Guthrie sat with folklorist Alan Lomax at the U.S. Department of the Interior studios for a series of oral history interviews for the Library of Congress archives. They were the first-ever professional recordings of Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, and while some of these recordings have been released on record, the original aluminum discs remain at the Library of Congress. Originally broadcast on the 29th anniversary of his death, the recordings offer a glimpse of Guthrie’s early music style and a frank account of his harrowing past.
Click here to download the audio along with a transcript of the conversation.