Secrets From the Archive with Woody Guthrie’s Granddaughter Anna Canoni
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Secrets From the Archive with Woody Guthrie’s Granddaughter Anna Canoni

May 6, 2023 1-2pm

Tickets: Free
Tickets: Free
Secrets from the Archive with Woody Guthrie's Granddaughter, Anna Canoni

Join us on Saturday, May 6, to learn some secrets and gems hidden in the Woody Guthrie Archive during this rare program presented by Anna Canoni, Woody’s granddaughter and Vice President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. Join Anna as she explains how the archive came to be collected, preserved and housed in a center dedicated to his memory, and shares a few treasures from the collection. This overview of the archive collection will highlight how important and relevant the work of Woody Guthrie is and how it continues to be a rich resource for visiting researchers and artists.

Location: Woody Guthrie Center Theater


This discussion is presented free of charge as part of the Woody Guthrie Center 10th Anniversary.

About Anna Canoni

Anna Canoni is the Vice President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.  As, daughter to Nora Guthrie and granddaughter to Woody & Marjorie Guthrie, Anna followed in her mother and grandmother’s dancing footsteps and graduated from college with degree in Theater & Modern Dance.

In her 20 years here, and years before she was officially an employee, she has worked side by side with Nora Guthrie, working extensively at the major tributes to Woody Guthrie. Although still in college, Anna worked side-by-side with Nora Guthrie and Bob Santelli on the 1996 “Hard Travelin’: The Life & Legacy of Woody Guthrie” tribute concerts at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame and Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH and. In 2003 Anna worked on the “Woody Guthrie’s 90th Birthday Celebration” tribute concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and in 2012 as part of the incredible team that organized the 14-month celebration marking Woody’s centennial year. Celebrations included educational conferences, concerts, public programs, and a slew of new releases – all spanning from California to the New York Island.

Anna has worked on recent projects and new releases including new books, “Woody Guthrie ArtWorks”, “My Name Is New York”, “House of Earth”, and “Woody Guthrie’s Wardy Forty”. She has also worked on new albums complete with original compositions to previously unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics, including “Ticky Tock”, “Happy Joyous Hanukkah”, “The Works”, “Note of Hope”, “Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions”, “New Multitudes”, “My Name Is New York” and most recently “This Machine Still Kills Fascists” and the forthcoming “Okemah Rising” by Dropkick Murphys, in addition to three Grammy winning projects; “The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949”, “Wonder Wheel”, and “Woody At 100”. Anna was also one of the voices on the 1988 release “Folkways: A Vision Shared” and in the 1992 release “Woody’s 20 Grow Big Songs”.

In recent years, Anna worked extensively on the new book “Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art • Words and Wisdom”, Chronicle, Nov 2021, scouring her family archive for treasures to include in this anthology of Woody’s works. Anna was also part of the curatorial team putting together the new exhibition “Woody Guthrie: People Are The Song” which opened at the Morgan Library & Museum February, 2021 and at the Woody Guthrie Center in October, 2022. In the over two decades of work Anna greatest delight has been diving deep into her grandfather’s creative works and collaborating on numerous projects, bringing out highlights and sharing them with new generations!


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