Sense of Place: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land, Greg Vandy
February 15, 2017 –
As a commissioned songwriter for the Portland’s Bonneville Power Administration in 1941, Woody Guthrie wrote 26 songs - including classics like "Roll On, Columbia", "Hard Travelin’", and "Pastures of Plenty" extolling the benefits of public power, hydroelectricity, irrigation, and the Grand Coulee Dam. On the 75th anniversary of this amazingly productive song cycle, join Gorge Owned as we welcome KEXP DJ Greg Vandy, author of 26 Songs In 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The Pacific Northwest to reveal the unusual partnership between America’s greatest folk artist and the federal government in a never told before story of how the first American folk revival of the 1930’s was a response to hard times, and how Guthrie championed a new Social Democracy in Portland, Oregon
Greg Vandy is host of "The Roadhouse", a weekly radio show on KEXP- Seattle and the publisher of American Standard Time, a blog dedicated to American music and vintage lifestyle. He also curates for the Pickathon music festival and his first book is titled 26 Songs In 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs & The Planned Promised Land In The Pacific Northwest published by Sasquatch Books in Seattle.
Vandy will speak on Wednesday, February 15, at Columbia Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and meet others in the community. Gorge Owned’s (GO!) Sense of Place is an annual lecture series that seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and connection to our landscape and to one another.
- GO Sense of Place
- When - Wednesday, February 15, 7PM
- Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
- Cost - $5-$10 suggested donation