Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs
In 1941, the Bonneville Power Administration hired Woody Guthrie
to write music for a movie about the Columbia River and the benefits new hydroelectric dams would bring to the people of the Northwest. Three of those songs, “Roll On, Columbia,” “Pastures of Plenty” and “The Biggest Thing that Man has Ever Done,” appear in the BPA-produced film, “The Columbia,” which was abandoned due to the start of World War II and went unfinished until 1949. The 26 ballads Guthrie wrote for were compiled and released as a collection known today as “The Columbia River Songs.”
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