Welcome, HILR Members!

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If you got here by following the link on the HILR home page, welcome to the official blog of the Anthology of American Folk Music study group. Please feel free to wander around: visit our archives, check out a few of the links, and just generally make yourself at home.

Most of the blog posts have a video or song attached – right below this post is a post featuring a video of Mrs. Etta Baker, the Piedmont folk and blues guitarist. She is guaranteed to charm you with her wit and wisdom as well as with her playing, so please take a look before you leave.

You should also know that there’s a copy of the Anthology in the Dunlop Library, and a folder of all the course readings, too, and I hope you’ll take a look. The Anthology is a six CD set that, when originally issued in 1952, became the founding document of the ’60s folk revival. Our May archive will give you some more information. The readings are also available here on the blog as PDF files.

Please leave a comment (just click the comments link at the bottom of this post) and let us know what you think. You’ll find a new post every couple of days, so stop by when you’re in the neighborhood or subscribe to our RSS feed.

This week is blues week in our study group, so here, for your viewing pleasure, is one in a series of Blues Minutes. little films made by filmaker Robert Mugge (we’re watching his Deep Blues in class this week) for Mississippi Public Broadcasting.This one is a one-minute tour of blues highways. Please enjoy, and don’t be a stranger!

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