Update: our official conference programme is now available here.

We're delighted to be able to share the provisional programme for "America Changed Through Music": Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music at 60, September 15th 2012, UEA London. At the moment, things are still subject to change, and timings etc. will follow soon. But we hope this already looks exciting enough to inspire you to book your place - download a registration form here.

"America Changed Through Music": Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music at 60 September 15th 2012, UEA London

“Spun in a wheel of vertigo”: Harry Smith and the Magic of History

Volume 1: Context

  • Rani Singh, Director of the Harry Smith Archives, ‘“America Changed Through Music”: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music Turns 60’
  • Rory Crutchfield, University of Glasgow, ‘An Act of Cultural Subversion? Conceits and Critical Responses to the Anthology’
  • Ross Hair, University of East Anglia, ‘Harry Smith, the American Diogenes
  • Kurt Gegenhuber, The Celestial Monochord, ‘Smith’s Amnesia Theater: “Moonshiner’s Dance” in the Context of The Anthology of American Folk Music’

Volume 2: Influence

  • James Boaden, University of York, ‘Stan Brakhage and Films in the Folk Style’
  • Phil Langran, University of Lincoln, ‘Writing the South: Harry Smith & the Stories of William Gay’
  • Paola Ferrero, University of Rome, La Sapienza, ‘The New “New Weird America” of U.S. Black Metal: Returning to Appalachia with Panopticon’s Kentucky’
Volume 3: Legacy

  • Alexander M. Stern, Independent Scholar (Where Dead Voices Gather), ‘Technology and the Anthology: From Shellac to the Cloud’
  • Jake Faulkner, California Institute of the Arts, ‘Re-envisioning America: A Multimedia Homage to Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music’
Performances and discussion of the Anthology's ongoing musical significance with 

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