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Friday, 12 March 2010

Harry Smith, The Avant-Garde In The American Vernacular


Harry Smith is best known for the Smithsonian Folkways released: Anthology Of American Folk Music- a collection of early folk and roots recordings. This new book of essays sheds light on his many other disciplines and collections. Check out this still from one of his early films:

What I find most interesting about Harry Smith is his range of interest and talent. The book is littered with odd photos; pictures of his collections, diagrams, young Harry in the field recording not to mention some really amazing and bizarre looking film stills.

Getty Publications, 2010

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