Friday, September 19, 2014

Woody Guthrie in New York

“He rode the rails of the BMT. He played (unhappily, but still) for the swells at the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. He married a Martha Graham dancer named Marjorie. He had Yiddish-speaking in-laws, the Greenblatts”: The New York Times reports on Woody Guthrie in New York. My Name Is New York is the title of a book and a 3-CD compilation documenting Woody Guthrie’s life in the city.

[I can’t bring myself to refer to him as just “Guthrie.” It just doesn’t work.]

comments: 2

Chris said...

Naw, he's just "Woody."

Michael Leddy said...

I know. I felt it would be overly familiar. I have the same problem in referring to the poet Ted Berrigan: I can’t call him just “Berrigan.”