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Kind of Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-02-11 07:27 AM
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"With this blog, i want to use the Folkways Anthology as a roadmap to explore American folk music. I ll use texts, images, music and videos gathered from my personal collection and from the web to make this work-in-progress enjoyable and educational the best I can."
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From Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthology_of_American_Folk...

"The Anthology of American Folk Music is a six-album compilation released in 1952 by Folkways Records (catalogue FP 251, FP 252, and FP 253), comprising eighty-four American folk, blues and country music recordings that were originally issued from 1927 to 1932.

Experimental filmmaker and notable eccentric Harry Smith compiled the music from his personal collection of 78 rpm records. The album is famous due to its role as a touchstone for the American folk music revival in the 1950s and 1960s. The Anthology was released for compact disc by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on August 19, 1997, as pictured to the right...

Harry Smith was a West Coast filmmaker, bohemian, and eccentric, who, around 1940, developed a hobby of collecting old blues, jazz, country, Cajun, and gospel records, 78s being the only medium at the time. While mainstream America often considered these records to be ephemeral, he took them seriously and accumulated a collection of several thousand recordings, and over time began to develop an interest in seeing them preserved and curated..."
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