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Woody Guthrie centennial

Updated 4:39 PM ET, Sat July 14, 2012
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In 1943, when these photos were taken in New York City, Woody Guthrie was still relatively unknown outside of musical circles, but his semi-fictionalized biography, "Bound for Glory," would soon introduce him to a wider audience, and in the coming years his influence on folk and protest music would become profound. This photo was taken at McSorley's Old Ale House, which still stands today in the East Village. Guthrie was born in Oklahoma on July 14, 1912. He died in New York in 1967 at age 55.
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Woody Guthrie sings at the American Club for Indian Seaman in New York, 1943. Eric Schaal—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Woody Guthrie in New York City, 1943. Eric Schaal—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Woody Guthrie entertains New York commuters in 1943, strumming a guitar bearing his now-famous slogan, "This Machine Kills Fascists." Eric Schaal—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Woody Guthrie entertains commuters in New York, 1943. Eric Schaal—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Woody Guthrie in New York City, 1943. See more images at Life.com. Eric Schaal—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images