Date: 02/22/2015

Time: 2:00 pm

Price: $20 in advance

February 23rd marks the 75th anniversary of Woody Guthrie writing "This Land Is Your Land." That this catchy celebration of the nation's natural bounty was penned in a seedy Times Square rooming house by an Okie on just his eighth day in New York is only one of the many surprises in the genesis of this populist paean. Guthrie's time in Manhattan is well documented, and tracing his footsteps from where he spent his first night to where he wrote and recorded his classic vividly evokes how he and the city embraced each other in the winter of 1940. Join this brand new tour with journalist and Guthrie enthusiast Rick Cohen to explore the story of how a gritty New York, still reeling from the Depression and anxiously monitoring invasions abroad, helped Guthrie shape what has become an alternate national anthem. Along the way, your guide will point out Moorish, Art Deco, and Beaux Arts sites where Guthrie performed and studied in those whirlwind weeks that came to influence the American folk music revival.

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