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Woody Guthrie's childhood home to be rebuilt

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Sep 15, 2013 | 10:20am EDT

The childhood home of folk legend Woody Guthrie is to be rebuilt more than 30 years after it was demolished. The house, in the town of Okemah, Oklahoma, was torn down in the late 1970s, but developers have now announced plans to reconstruct it using original planks of wood which were salvaged during the demolition. The project will cost an estimated $500,000 (£333,333) and organisers hope to raise funds through public donations and a benefit concert, reportedly to be headlined by Kris Kristofferson, which will take place in Tulsa next month (Oct13). Johnny Buschardt, a spokesman for the project, tells Billboard.com, "If you were to put a Mount Rushmore of American music here in the Midwest, the first two artists on it would be Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie. Without Woody, there wouldn't be a Bob Dylan or a Bruce Springsteen." Construction is due to begin in November (13). Guthrie died in October, 1967, aged 55.

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