Last Kind Word Blues: On Collecting and the Vanishing History of American Music

OCT 01, 2014 | 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

Details

WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

ROOM:

1201: Elebash Recital Hall

WHEN:

October 01, 2014: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

ADMISSION:

Free, Registration Required

RESERVATIONS:

212-817-8215 or

Description

If music by influential backwoods blues artists only exists on archaic media, what’s to stop it from disappearing? Are 78rpm-record collectors just obsessed eccentrics, or are they cultural conservators, keeping strains of American music alive? How do the desire to find and own antique objects and the need to archive our musical heritage intersect? This event will focus on the difficulty of obtaining and preserving the nation’s rural music traditions, particularly jazz and country blues of the 1920s and '30s. Participants include Michael Fremer, editor of analogplanet.com; Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records; Nathan Salsburg, curator at the Alan Lomax Archive; and Sam Stephenson, author of numerous books, including The Jazz Loft Project. Moderated by Gary Giddins, director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center.