TITLE: Folksongs of Another America: Field Recordings from the Upper Midwest, 1937-1946
SPEAKER: Jim Leary
EVENT DATE: 07/18/2013
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
America's Upper Midwest is a distinctive region wherein a staggering array of indigenous, immigrant and enslaved peoples have collectively maintained, merged and modified their folk song traditions for more than two centuries. During the 1930s and 1940s, Sidney Robertson Cowell, Alan Lomax and Helene Stratman-Thomas set up field studios in homes, hotels, community halls, church basements and parks throughout Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to record roughly 2,000 folk songs and tunes.
Speaker Biography: Since the late 1970s, working incrementally with many generous individuals, partners and organizations, folklorist Jim Leary has been part of a movement bent on bringing this body of extraordinary folk music of the Upper Midwest to the attention of the larger public.
SERIES: Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series