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Columbia River ~ Gift Set


"The people are building a peaceful world, and when the job is done, that'll be the biggest thing that man has ever done." - WG

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. This collection highlights the unusual partnership between one of America's great folk artists and the federal government, and shows how the first American folk revival of the 1930's was a response to hard times.

This Gift Set includes:

- "Columbia River Collection" CD
- "Roll On, Columbia: The Columbia River Songs 75th Anniversary" Songbook
- "26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs" Book
- "Hootenanny" magnet
- 2 x "Blackwing" pencils

"Columbia River Collection" CD
Artist: Woody Guthrie

In 1941, Woody age 28, was hired by the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Oregon to write music for a film about the Columbia River and public power. This CD presents all known recordings of Woody singing his Columbia River songs, including recordings lost 40 years ago. Among the classic songs are Roll On Columbia, The Biggest Thing That Man Has Done, and Grand Coulee Dam, for a total of 17 songs.

1. Oregon Trail
2. Roll On Columbia
3. New Found Land
4. Talking Columbia
5. Roll Columbia, Roll
6. Columbia’s Waters
7. Ramblin’ Blues
8. It Takes A Married Man
9. Hard Travelin’
10. The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done
11. Jackhammer Blues
12. Song of the Grand Coulee Dam
13. Grand Coulee Dam
14. Washington Talkin’ Blues
15. Ramblin’ Round
16. Pastures of Plenty
17. End of My Line

Rounder Records. 1988. CD.

"Roll On, Columbia: The Columbia River Songs 75th Anniversary" Songbook

All 26 songs in the Columbia River song cycle collected and edited with a new introduction by Bill Murlin.

Sheet Music for the following songs:
A Ramblin' Round
Ballad of the Great Grand Coulee (The Grand Coulee Dam)
Columbia Talkin' Blues (Talking Columbia)
Columbia's Waters
Eleckatricity and All
Grand Coulee Powder Monkey
Guys on the Grand Coulee Dam
Hard Travelin'
It Takes a Married Man to Sing a Worried Song
Jackhammer Blues (Jackhammer John)
Lumber Is King
Mile an' a Half from th' End of th' Line (End of My Line)
New Found Land
Oregon Line
Out Past the End of the Line
Pastures of Plenty
Portland Town to Klamath Falls
Ramblin' Blues (Portland Town)
Roll On Columbia, Roll On
Roll, Columbia, Roll
The Ballad of Jackhammer John
The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done (The Great Historical Bum)
The Song of the Grand Coulee Dam (Way Up in That Northwest)
The Talkin' Blues
The White Ghost Train
Washington Talkin' Blues (Talking Dust Bowl)

TRO. Paperback. 56 pgs.

"26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs" Book
y Greg Vandy

This book "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 severely suffered 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 relevant such topics are in today's political discourse.

Sasquatch Books. Hardcover. 188 pgs. 2016. 

"Hootenanny" artwork - 2" x 3" Magnet

Artwork by Woody Guthrie. 
2" x 3" hard backed refrigerator magnet.

2 x "Blackwing" Pencils

Blackwing is honoring Woody Guthrie's life and creative legacy with their limited edition Blackwing pencil #223!

This is a tribute to Woody and his immutable optimism. Each pencil features a design inspired by This Land’s “ribbon of highway,” “endless skyway” and “golden valley.” The matte black ferrule and earth-toned eraser are a nod to the many miles Woody traveled.

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