26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest

26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest

by Greg Vandy, Daniel Person


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A fascinating portrait of icon Woody Guthrie, the Pacific Northwest, and folk music—all set against the backdrop of a tumultuous moment in American history
In 1941, Woody Guthrie wrote 26 songs in 30 days—including classics like “Roll On Columbia” and “Pastures of Plenty”—when he was hired by the Bonneville Power Administration to promote the benefits of cheap hydroelectric power, irrigation, and the Grand Coulee Dam. Now, KEXP DJ Greg Vandy takes readers inside the unusual partnership between one of America’s great folk artists and the federal government, and shows how the American folk revival was a response to hard times.

26 Songs In 30 Days plunges deeply into the historical context of the time and the progressive politics that embraced Social Democracy during an era in which the United States had been severely suffering from The Great Depression. And though this is a musical history of a vibrant American musical icon and a specific part of the country, it couldn’t be a better reminder of how timeless and expansive such topics are in today’s political discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570619700
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Since 2000, Greg Vandy has been the host of The Roadhouse on Seattle’s KEXP radio where he brings a world of folk, blues, and roots-inspired music to listeners in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done 1

Chapter 2 Hard Travelin' 15

Chapter 3 Ballad of the Great Grand Coulee 33

Chapter 4 Ramblin' Blues (New York Town) 47

Chapter 5 Pastures of Plenty 63

Chapter 6 Ramblin' Blues (Portland Town) 91

Chapter 7 Roll, Columbia, Roll 115

Chapter 8 Oregon Trail 131

Chapter 9 Talkin' Columbia 147

Acknowledgments 155

Discography 159

Bibliography 173

Photo Credits 181

Index 185

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