Harry Smith

Smith in front of one of his art installations. If you have heard of Dock Boggs or Mississippi John Hurt, or songs like Kassie (aka Casey) Jones, Harry is largely to thank. His Anthology of American Folk Music is one of the greatest works of art and scholarship of the 20th century. It’s a rabbit hole into the culture of the now ancient late 19th and early 20th centuries, an exploration of the strands of our cultural DNA. Just a fascinating person – my examination of his life and work has led me down some unexpected and enlightening pathways which have given me a new perspective on the, to steal a phrase from Greil Marcus, Old (and New) Weird America. Check him out – trust me, you won’t be the same when you come back.

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