Short Film: The 78s That Saved Folk Music


“Eli Smith, founder of the Brooklyn Folk Festival, sits down with record collector John Heneghan to discuss an eccentric experimental filmmaker named Harry Smith whose obsession with 78 rpm records helped save American folk music.”

Here is a new short film, “The 78s That Saved Folk Music”, that Charlie Hoxie of Brooklyn cable channel BRIC TV made with me a few months ago, exploring the legacy of the Anthology of American Folk Music, compiled by Harry Smith and released on Folkways Records back in 1952.  While “folk music” does not need saving necessarily, and Harry Smith is only one part of that story, his Anthology remains so good! and so important as a part of history and as a resource today.

Check it out!!


This video is from BRIC TV— the first 24/7 television channel created by, for, and about Brooklyn. It is the borough’s source for local news, Brooklyn culture, civic affairs, music, arts, sports, and technology. BRIC TV features programming produced and curated by BRIC, an arts and media nonprofit located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City.

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