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Thoughts about music and information, the Voyager Record, and the Anthology of American Folk Music Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at The Celestial Monochord
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An alert and FAQ on the new essay about Moonshiner's Dance, part of the Anthology of American Folk Music Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at The Celestial Monochord
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A cassette tape reissue of the Anthology of American Folk Music is a thought-provoking move. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at The Celestial Monochord
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On the geography of Prohibition and the persistence of history - Michael A. Lerner's 2007 book, Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at The Celestial Monochord
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I just read The Mayor of MacDougal Street, a memoir of the Greenwich Village folk scene of 50 years ago, written by the late Dave Van Ronk with engineering by Elijah Wald. I bought my copy when it was published... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at The Celestial Monochord
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A relief on the MN State Fairgrounds features the same motif used in the official State Seal. My favorite Chinese take-out place has a map of its delivery area taped to the wall. I've studied it at least once a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at The Celestial Monochord
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This past Thursday was the 55th anniversary of Frank E. Cloutier's death. He died just over 5 years after the release of the Anthology of American Folk Music, for which he’s marginally remembered. Here's what his headstone looked like on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2012 at The Celestial Monochord
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Hutchinson Family Singers, 1845, www.metmuseum.org (founders of Hutchinson, MN, and abolitionist and temperance folksingers) Celestial Monochord readers will be glad to know that the Rose Ensemble's upcoming season will include Songs of Temperance and Temptation. The show will be back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at The Celestial Monochord
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The Rose Ensemble will perform "Moonshiner's Dance" — for the first time, as far as I know, in 83 years Thursday, June 16, 8 pm — Duluth, Weber Music Hall Friday, June 17, 8 pm — Saint Paul, Fitzgerald Theater... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at The Celestial Monochord
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The Victoria Theater in winter. Its 1927 house band recorded the only unambiguously Northern recording of the Anthology of American Folk Music. — It's official. The Victoria Theater is now a Heritage Preservation Site of the city of Saint Paul,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at The Celestial Monochord
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Some weeks ago, we here at Monochord headquarters were pleased to find ourselves featured in the latest issue of The Journal of American Folklore. The article, by Nicole Saylor (head of Digital Services at University of Iowa), surveys several blogs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at The Celestial Monochord
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In May 2006, I was astonished to find the Victoria Cafe, still standing, right there in the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul, MInnesota. Apparently, nobody had figured this out before. Although music fans around the world knew the 1927 recording... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at The Celestial Monochord
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Gray contemplates Hibbing's open-pit iron-ore mine A noted Dylan expert and critic offers his home in France (and himself) for conversation. Early one morning in March 2007, I was riding in one of those tourist buses that deliver senior citizens... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2010 at The Celestial Monochord
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Mar 15, 2010
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The New Orleans Rhythm Kings on the Walk of Fame I recently made a one-day pilgrimage to a place called Richmond, a small Indiana town (pop. 39,000) on the Ohio border. My reasons to do it were complex, but above... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at The Celestial Monochord
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The second annual Harry Smith Festival is this Sunday, November 15. Eight bands from Ithaca, NY, and central Pennsylvania will perform songs from The Anthology of American Folk Music, edited by the late avant-garde filmmaker and record collector Harry Smith.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at The Celestial Monochord
A piece of St. Paul's cultural history may be torn down for a parking lot. The Victoria Cafe produced a recording of absolutely unique importance — In May 2006, I realized that an internationally notorious recording from 1927 — "Moonshiner's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at The Celestial Monochord