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Research guide for the April 14, 2012 event.
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Event Details

When: April 14, 2012 from 8:00am - 5:30pm

Where: University Park Campus, Bovard Auditorium


The Concert

Following the conference, a concert will be held at Club Nokia at L.A. Live on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. with Jackson BrowneCrosby and NashDawesJohn DoeRichie Furay,Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny IrionKris KristoffersonTom MorelloJoel Rafael and Rob Wasserman.

USC students who register for the conference can purchase discounted tickets for the Club Nokia concert for $20 each (two-ticket limit per USC student ID). Instructions will be provided after you sign up for the conference.  For info on purchasing tickets, click here.

The celebration is a collaborative effort between the GRAMMY Museum, the Woody Guthrie Archives and four distinguished universities: University of Tulsa, Brooklyn College, Pennsylvania State University and USC.


Event Description

From the Vision & Voices website:

Distinguished scholars, musicians and writers will come together for a day-long conference with discussions and performances that will explore Woody Guthrie’s rise to fame in Depression-era Los Angeles. They will discuss Guthrie’s itinerant wanderings through California and the far West, the Dust Bowl culture he drew upon in his songs of commentary and protest, and the backdrop of Los Angeles at the dawn of the Second World War. Conference schedule below.


Your Research Soundtrack

Research can be hard travelin'. Keep on the straight and narrow with this Youtube playlist of 100 Guthrie songs.


Conference Schedule

8 a.m.: Coffee and pastries

9 a.m.: Welcome
Bob Santelli, The GRAMMY Museum
Chris Sampson, USC Thornton School of Music
Ed Cray, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

9:30 to 10 a.m.: Keynote Address

10 a.m.: Musical Performance
Students from the USC Thornton School of Music

10:15 to 11:45 a.m.: Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles: A Musical/Political Evolution
Ed Cray, Moderator
Darryl Holter, The Shammas Group
Ron Briley, Sandia School
Pete La Chapelle, Nevada State College

11:45 a.m.: Musical Performance
Students from the USC Thornton School of Music

12 to 1 p.m.: Lunch Break (on your own)

1 p.m.: Musical Performance
Students from the USC Thornton School of Music

1:15 to 2:15 p.m.: L.A. and Woody Guthrie
Darryl Holter, Moderator
Radio and the Evangelical Crowd in 1930s L.A.—Philip Goff, Indiana University/Purdue University
Sound and Fury: Talkie Technology and Labor Unrest in the L.A. Film Industry in the 1930s—Emily Thompson, Princeton University

2:15 to 3 p.m.: Woody’s Influences across Space and Race
Ramblin’ in Black and White: Race and Migration in the Works of Woody Guthrie—Dan Cady, Cal State Fresno, and Doug Flamming, Georgia Tech

3 to 4:30 p.m.: Beyond Woody
Bill Deverell, USC, Moderator
Woody Guthrie, Tom Joad and the Forging of an American Political Tradition—Bryant Simon, Temple University
Guthrie, Steinbeck and the Popular Front—Rick Wartzman, Drucker Institute
California Border Blues: Guthrie, L.A. and Tijuana—Josh Kun, USC

4:30 p.m.: Musical Performance
Students from the USC Thornton School of Music

4:45 to 5:15 p.m.: Talking About Woody
Bob Santelli Interview with Special Guest

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