John Lomax profile on Into the Music


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In the Footsteps of John A. Lomax: American Folk Song Collector

The publication of Cowboy Songs in 1910 was a landmark in the history of America’s interest in its own folk culture, and it made Lomax a national figure. In addition to cowboy songs, Lomax had a lifelong fascination with African American folk songs, particularly the blues. These two passions drove Lomax to what many consider his greatest achievement, the collection of more than 10,000 recordings for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress.”

In this radio journey, narrated by folklorist Hal Cannon, we retrace the back roads of Texas and Louisiana to discover why the folk music that John Lomax documented in the early 20th century still resonates with us today. Join Cannon as he follows Lomax’s path, listening to the original recordings he made, visiting some of the places where Lomax recorded, and talking with the grandchildren of those he recorded.

Harry Smith profile on The Folkways Collection


The Folkways Collection

A podcast series from Smithsonian Folkways and CKUA Radio

This series of 24 one-hour programs explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records (now at the Smithsonian as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings).

  • Episode 5: The Anthology of American Folk Music Part II This is the second of three programs which take an in-depth look at tHarry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. This episode tells the fascinating story of the life of film-maker, record producer and anthropologist Harry Smith and his life-long musical odyssey.  Commentary by Greil Marcus, John Cohen, Rani Singh, Anthony Seeger, etc.

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Smithsonian Folkways Archivist Jeff Place talks about Dock Boggs on Sound Sessions


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Archivist Jeff Place is interviewed about Dock Boggs, plays his records and live performances, with excerpts of Dock telling about his life.

Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways is an audio journey into the rich, eclectic, and sometimes eccentric Smithsonian Folkways archive. Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place comb the stacks for music and stories about this historic record label for monthly broadcasts that feature newly digitized audio, including rare outtakes, interviews, and never-before-heard recordings.

Jonathan Ward on Norient


Interview with ethnic 78 rpm record collector Jonathan Ward.  Ward runs the Blog Excavated Shellac, where he uploads rare 78 rpm records. Plus he compiled the 4-CD Box «Opika Pende – Africa At 78 RPM», Grammy nominee for best historical album of 2012. In this podcast Ward tells me about his fascination with shellac, about how bloggers and ethnomusicologists don’t meet, and about a typical phenomena: «Blogger fatigue».

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Robert Crumb on Down Home Radio Show

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R. Crumb is best known as a cartoonist and illustrator, but what a lot people don’t know about him is that he is a very talented old-time mandolin player and a very serious collector of 78rpm records!  I caught up with Robert Crumb at John and Eden (The East River String Band)’s apartment over on the Lower East Side in Manhattan.  We had a good talk about Crumb’s interest in the old music and his early experiences finding old 78rpm records in the same junk shops where he searched for old comics as a kid. He has traveled extensively in search of records! meeting interesting personalities in strange places, from Delaware and Cleveland all the way to Argentina and Uruguay.  Robert Crumb plays live on the show together with Eden and John’s East River String Band.


Joseph Goldstein on Mindrolling

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Joseph Goldstein first became interested in mindfulness as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma,  Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.