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 Johnny to edit Woody Guthrie book
Karen
Posted: Jul 9 2012, 02:13 PM


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July 9, 2012, 3:20 PM

With Johnny Depp’s Help, Woody Guthrie Novel to Arrive in 2013

By JOHN WILLIAMS


The author Douglas Brinkley and the actor Johnny Depp are teaming up to edit “House of Earth,” a previously unpublished novel by the folk singer Woody Guthrie that will be released next spring. Mr. Brinkley said in a telephone interview that the book would appear from “a major New York publisher,” but declined to specify which one before the deal was completed.

The manuscript, which Guthrie finished in 1947, follows a West Texas couple who, in their effort to build adobe homes as protection against treacherous weather, fight against banks and lumber companies.

Mr. Brinkley stumbled upon mention of the work while researching a piece about Bob Dylan for Rolling Stone. “As a Woody Guthrie fan, I didn’t know about this novel,” he said. “There are two great biographies” of Guthrie, by Ed Cray and Joe Klein, he added. “They’re fantastic, readable books, but ‘House of Earth’ isn’t talked about in them. I went on a hunt for it.”

With help from the Woody Guthrie Foundation and the singer’s daughter, Nora, he found the manuscript last fall. The published book will be about 250 pages, Mr. Brinkley said.

In an essay for The New York Times Book Review, Mr. Brinkley and Mr. Depp write:

Pitched somewhere between rural realism and proletarian protest, somewhat static in terms of narrative drive, “House of Earth” nonetheless offers a searing portrait of the Panhandle and its marginalized Great Depression residents. Guthrie successfully mixes Steinbeck’s narrative verve with D. H. Lawrence’s openness to erotic exploration. When the Library of Congress folklorist Alan Lomax read the first chapter he was profoundly impressed. For months Lomax encouraged Guthrie to finish the book, saying he’d “considered dropping everything I was doing” just to get the novel published. “It was quite simply the best material I’d ever seen written about that section of the country,” he wrote.
Mr. Brinkley met Mr. Depp in the mid-1990s through their mutual friend Hunter S. Thompson, for whom Mr. Brinkley is  literary executor. They previously teamed up to write the Grammy-nominated liner notes for “Gonzo,” a soundtrack accompanying a documentary about Mr. Thompson.

Saturday is the 100th anniversary of Guthrie’s birth.




And there is a nice essay written by Johnny and Douglas Brinkley here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/books/re...&pagewanted=all


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Posted: Jul 9 2012, 02:17 PM


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This sounds very interesting--thanks for the article & link Karen smile.gif
Wonder if this is what Johnny will work on while taking a break after LR...
Donna

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Sounds like a good read. Anne r
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More in the NY Times with comment from Johnny--nice sketch of Johnny at the link:

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By THE EDITORS
Published: July 12, 2012

The actor Johnny Depp has a history of adapting literature to film, starring in a number of movies based on literary works. Most recently, he portrayed Paul Kemp, an American journalist, in “The Rum Diary,” the second film adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson book he’s been in.

Perhaps Depp’s foray into literature proper is a logical next step. This week, Depp writes our back-page essay with Douglas Brink­ley, the historian and author of “Cronkite.” Together, they are editing a book by Woody Guthrie, the folk singer who would have been 100 years old on July 14. The book, “House of Earth,” his only novel, will be published next year for the first time.

“Growing up in Kentucky, I was raised on bluegrass and country music,” Depp said in an e-mail interview. He’s listened to Guthrie all his life, although “it is thanks to Bob Dylan that the man and his music became solidified in my lexicon.” Music has also figured in Depp’s acting career: he based his character Jack Sparrow, in the mega-franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean,” on Keith Richards.

“He’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met,” Depp said of Richards, calling his recent memoir, “Life,” a “brilliant read.” A fan of books by musicians (among his favorites: Steven Tyler’s “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?,” Dylan’s “Chronicles”), Depp is currently bringing his love of music to the screen, working on a film in Richards’s honor.

If he could portray a musician himself? “Junior Kimbrough,” Depp said. “However, failing that, I wouldn’t mind slipping into the skin and bones of Harry Partch. One of our greatest, pioneering artists, who is rarely given the respect, let alone the appreciation, that he so richly deserves.” As for Woody Guthrie, he “represents the soul and the sound of the America that I love.”


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