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Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular

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Filmmaker, musicologist, painter, ethnographer, graphic designer, mystic, and collector of string figures and other patterns, Harry Smith (1923–1991) was among the most original creative forces in postwar American art and culture, yet his life and work remain poorly understood. Today he is remembered primarily for his Anthology of American Folk Music (1952)—an idiosyncrati ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 15th 2010 by Getty Research Institute (first published 2009)
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Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Harry Smith Was Unlike Any Other Ever

John Hood

To say that Harry Smith was an ethnomusicologist would be true, but it would only be a small portion of a very much larger truth. Yes, back in ’52, Smith did compile, produce and design The Anthology of American Folk Music, which became “the Bible” for folks like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. And, as everyone concurs, the six-album, 84-song se
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Tanja Laden
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Based on a 2001 symposium at the Getty Research Institute, Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular surveys the artist’s influence on American film, music, and the visual arts.

Featuring color reproductions of Smith’s images, as well as essays by scholars, friends, and colleagues, the book explores the life of the 20th-century Renaissance man best known for his definitive Anthology of American Folk Music — a six-record compilation of commercial songs from 1926-1932 that helped faci
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Dec 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
worthy of close study for the illustrations and the sections on film ... I was hoping for something more on the Anthology Of American Folk Music but found nothing I hadn't seen before (best course there is just to listen to the thing, all 4 volumes if you can find them) ... also good for shedding light on neo-alchemical process-orientation and perspectives on art and artistry. all art is found-object art.
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Shelves: essays, biography
Harry Smith is a dumpster angel genius and I love him.
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