Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has been announced as the recipient of the 2024 Woody Guthrie Prize.

Morello will receive the award at the Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 25th. The event will also feature a Q&A with Morello and an acoustic performance.

“This prestigious award recognizes Morello’s outstanding contributions to music and activism, embodying the spirit of Woody Guthrie’s social consciousness and musical legacy,” according to a press release.

Morello said, “Woody Guthrie was a fearless agitator, a six string instigator, a poetic truth teller and a harmonizing hell raiser. He was the original punk rocker whose life, music, art and lyrics were beacons of justice and liberation for the downtrodden and oppressed. In my own work Woody has been an inspiration to tell it like I see it without compromise or apology and to play my songs (and his songs) on the picket line and at the barricade whenever and wherever people are taking a stand.”

Pussy Riot, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Chuck D and John Mellencamp are among the previous Woody Guthrie Prize recipients.

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