Anyone who is a fan of Woody Guthrie will know that his recording and distribution of songs is somewhat all over the place. Aside from his seminal folk album 'Dust Bowl Ballads' much of the rest of his discography and recording history can be found across a range of albums many of which are compilations, and the vast majority didn't even see the light of day until long after his tragically early death of Huntington's disease in 1967. However, with dedicated friends Johnny Depp and Douglas Brinkley, some of Guthrie's written work is once again seeing the wide world, in a slightly more structured publication: a booked titled House of Earth.
The 1920s' Dust Bowl is the setting of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, a drought of both water and money that tore through the American west, which Guthrie experienced first hand. It informed not only his iconic album, but also House of Earth which is about "a farm couple struggling through the Dust Bowl", reports USA Today.
Johnny Depp has announced that he is to launch a new publishing imprint, named Infinitum Nihil (which translates as ‘nothing is forever’). Depp’s latest venture will be housed by Harper Collins, the publishing giant and the Lone Ranger star already has two books in the pipeline: a Bob Dylan biography and a recently discovered Woody Guthrie novel.
It’s the perfect venture for Depp, who has set himself out as something of a rarity in Hollywood, carving a niche in Tinseltown’s intelligentsia; a successful, blockbuster movie actor with a cultured side, who has managed to shake off the seedier drug associations of his earlier career.
The Bob Dylan biography will be entitled The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan and according to The Washington Post, the book aims to “set the record straight on the songwriter’s enigmatic life and career and will be based in part on interviews with Dylan by best-selling historian Douglas Brinkley.” The Woody Guthrie book will also involve both Dylan and Brinkley, who will act as editors on Guthrie’s 1947 novel The House of Earth. The publication of the Guthrie novel is scheduled for January 2013, whilst the Dylan book will not be expected until 2015.
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