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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Woody Guthrie’s sister remembers through book

  • Mary Jo Edgemon, of Shawnee, was able to give her brother, Woody Guthrie, a lasting tribute through the book, Woody’s Road.


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  • Mary Jo Edgemon, of Shawnee, was able to give her brother, Woody Guthrie, a lasting tribute through the book, Woody’s Road.
    The book, co-written with Guy Logsdon and David Amram, tells Guthrie’s story. Included in the book are letters, drawings, photos, and other memorabilia provided by Edgemon.
    “Anytime Woody’s name came out in anything, I collected it,” Edgemon said.
    Edgemon, who will be 90 years old in December, has been attending the Woody Guthrie Free Folk Festival in Okemah for years, she said.
    “I was doing show and tell programs all over the state,” she said.
    But due to her health, it started becoming more and more difficult for her to travel around the state. Edgemon knew she needed to do something else to help her brother’s memory, she said.
    “This book was my answer to that,” Edgemon said.
    Edgemon said she worked on the book for nine years, and it was more than a tribute for her brother, it also gave her something to do.
    After Logsdon and Amram saw her work, they added more material, she said. Since then, it’s been published worldwide. London, on it’s own, has ordered 1,000 books, Edgemon said.
    Edgemon also did the artwork that appears in the first few pages of the book. She said the art would be very expensive if anyone wanted to purchase it. At least $2,000, she added.
    “But if you buy the book, you get them for free,” she said with a laugh.
    Edgemon’s book is available through Amazon.com.

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