Moving History – Blues Legends [In-Person Only]
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About a half century ago, the Seattle Folklore Society and UW’s Ethnomusicology Program played host to a cavalcade of blues legends: Lightnin’ Hopkins in ’67, Furry Lewis in ’68, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee in ‘70, to name a few. These Black artists shared their music with Seattle, gigging at local venues, offering lessons, and giving recitals at UW’s School of Music.
UW performances were filmed by ethnomusicologist Robert Garfias and deposited into the UW Ethnomusicology Archives. Thanks to recent funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation and the work of UW Libraries Preservation Program, a selection of these 16mm films has been preserved and digitally scanned. They include performances by virtuosi Son House, Mance Lipscomb, and John Lee Hooker. Please join us at NWFF on November 6th at 4pm as we screen these shorts and pay homage to these greats. Depending on time and interest, a selection of other titles may also be shared.
MIPoPS is a nonprofit whose mission is to assist archives, libraries, and other organizations with the conversion of analog video recordings to digital formats according to archival best practices.
Featuring a variety of material and topics, this series curates a quarterly set of archival videotape clips that document diverse Seattle histories of the arts, politics, and community.
MIPoPS hopes this series will educate and entertain viewers during this time of uncertainty and isolation.