The Harry Smith Project

The Harry Smith Project

Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited

Music CD - 2006
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"In 1952 renowned musicologist, filmmaker and painter, Harry Smith went through his vast collection of blues, old-time country, Cajun, and gospel 78s to compile the groundbreaking Anthology Of American Folk Music box set, which had a profound influence on musicians such as Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen. Now The Harry Smith Project: Anthology Of American Folk Music Revisited, a 2-CD/2-DVD box set culled from a series of concerts staged by Hal Willner that took place in 1999 and 2001, pays tribute to Harry Smith and his influential Anthology. Features Beck, Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, Beth Orton, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Richard Thompson, Wilco and others"--Publisher's website.
Published: Los Angeles, Calif. : Shout Factory ; New York, NY : Distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, p2006.
ISBN: 9780738934976
Characteristics: 2 sound discs :,digital ;,4 3/4 in. +,2 videodiscs (DVD : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.) + 1 booklet (38 p. : ill. ; 31 cm.)


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Sep 17, 2014

Harry Smith was a genuine American eccentric. An amateur anthropologist, musicologist, filmmaker, artist, teacher, Chelsea Hotel denizen, friend of Allen Ginsberg's and, most importantly, compiler of the seminal "Anthology of American Folk Music," which became the Bible of the folk revival and is still an incredibly influential collection. Released on CD in the late 90s to great acclaim, it reaffirmed the vitality of the music (blues, gospel, folk, country) in the anthology and the significance of Smith's achievement. This 2-CD, 2-DVD box set is a tribute to Smith and the music he immortalized. A series of concerts was put on in NYC, London, and L.A. with luminaries like Nick Cave, Beck, Elvis Costello, Wilco, Steve Earle, and Richard Thompson performing songs from the anthology. The CDs are from the concerts, as is one of the DVDs. The other DVD has a somewhat long-winded (Greil Marcus needs to shut up) documentary about Smith and the anthology and a few of his short, experimental films. Dylan, who drew heavily from the anthology, is conspicuously absent. If you haven't listened to the anthology, start there. Also check out "Goodbye, Babylon" and Alan Lomax's field recordings.


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