Springsteen Archives to host authors of Woody Guthrie’s award-winning book

The Bruce Springsteen Archive and the American Music Center at Monmouth University will host a conversation and book signing with Nora Guthrie and Bob Santelli on December 1 at 7:30 p.m. on the Monmouth University campus, West Long Branch.

Their book, “Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art, Words and Wisdom,” recently received ASCAP’s 2022 Deems Taylor Award/Virgil Thomson Book Award, according to a press release.

Michael Thomas, Professor of English at Monmouth University, will moderate the conversation with Santelli and Guthrie, who is the daughter of Woody Guthrie.

The evening program will take place in the Great Hall Auditorium and is open to the public. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Free parking is available in Lot 14 (next to Route 71 Norwood Avenue).

Copies of “Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art, Words and Wisdom” will be available for purchase and signature by the authors.

“Woody Guthrie: Songs and Art, Words and Wisdom” is a collection of Guthrie’s writings and art assembled by Nora Guthrie and Santelli, and supplemented with essays by hip hop legend Chuck D, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, of Woody Guthrie’s son/musician Arlo Guthrie and others.

The book inspired a recent exhibition organized by the Morgan Library in New York called “Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song” which was curated by Guthrie and Santelli, according to the press release.

Nora Guthrie is a writer, curator and record producer. She is the founder of the Woody Guthrie Archives, most of which are now housed at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Ok.

Santelli is the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including “Greetings from E Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band” and he is the executive director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.

The Bruce Springsteen American Music Center and Archive at Monmouth University serves as the official archival repository for the written works, photographs, periodicals and artifacts of Bruce Springsteen.

The center preserves and promotes the legacy of Bruce Springsteen and his role in American music, while honoring and celebrating American music icons like Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Gaslight Anthem and others.

The archive includes nearly 35,000 items from 47 countries, ranging from concert articles and memorabilia to artifacts and oral histories.

The collection meets the research and informational needs of music fans, scholars, authors and others with a serious interest in the life and career of Bruce Springsteen, according to the press release.

Angela C. Hale