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 Daniel Person Author and Greg Vandy Author

The stunning results of a strange collaboration between iconic folk singing hero Woody Guthry and a US government department that wanted to promote its new dam. In 1941, the US paid Guthrie to live in the Pacific Northwest for a month and songs in praise of the brand new Grand Coulee Dam and its benefits to farmers, workers, and tourists. He obliged, and the resulting 26 songs—some of which, like "Roll on Columbia," have become classics—are captured in this book, along with the story of the complicated politics and partnership. The great folk revival of the 1930s was a reflection of the hard times of that period, and today we need stirring ballads about economic rebirth more than ever.