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Pete Seeger to Be Honored With Woody Guthrie Prize

January 9, 2014
Pete Seeger

American folk singer Pete Seeger will be given the Woody Guthrie Prize during an inaugural event Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City.

The Woody Guthrie Prize will be given annually to the artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life's work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance or other art forms and serving as a positive force for social change in America, according to a press release.

"We hope that the Woody Guthrie Prize will shed an inspirational light on those who have decided to use their talents for the common good rather than for personal gain," said Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie, in a statement.

Seeger's career spans more than 70 year, and he has written folk songs that are timeless and preserve American culture and heritage. The 94-year-old has also been a longtime advocate for the environment. He has earned the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts Medal, the Kennedy Center Award, the Presidential Medal of the Arts, and membership in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The February event will include the Woody Guthrie Prize presentation, a one-on-one Q&A with Seeger and Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, and a musical performance by Seeger and Arlo Guthrie. p>

Tickets for the event are $40 or $50 and can be purchased by visiting Proceeds from the event will support the Woody Guthrie Center, which will be home to Guthrie's comprehensive archives, including the original, handwritten version of Guthrie's landmark anthem, "This Land is Your Land."

Here is Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sing Guthrie's classic: "This Land is Your Land"

For additional information on the Woody Guthrie Center, visit

SOURCE The Woody Guthrie Center

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