TITLE: Rich Remsberg: Hard Luck Blues: Roots Music from the Great Depression
SPEAKER: Rich Remsberg
EVENT DATE: 06/02/2010
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 59 minutes
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Showcasing American music and music making during the Great Depression, "Hard Luck Blues" presents more than 200 photographs created by the New Deal's Farm Security Administration photography program. With an appreciation for the amateur and the local, FSA photographers depicted a range of musicians sharing the regular music of everyday life, from informal songs in migrant work camps, farmers' homes, barn dances, and on street corners to organized performances at church revivals, dance halls, and community festivals. "Hard Luck Blues" features photographs by Jack Delano, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Marion Post Wolcott, and others.
Speaker Biography: Documentary photographer Rich Remsberg has worked on the professional staff of the Indiana University School of Journalism and as the Visual Resources Specialist with the Indiana University Digital Library Program. In addition to working on his own projects, he works as a photo and film researcher on several programs for PBS. His publication and exhibition credits include the New York Times, MSNBC/Newsweek, and the Christian Science Monitor. He has been a contributing photographer to the Indiana Historical Society's Heartland Documentary Project and has been on the faculty of the American Folklife Center's field school. He lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, with his wife, Lisa Nilsson.
SERIES: Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series