Photo, Print, Drawing George Vinton Graham with guitar, seated, right profile, looking downwards, portrait, photograph
About this Item
- George Vinton Graham with guitar, seated, right profile, looking downwards, portrait, photograph
- Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995, collector.
- Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995, photographer.
Created / Published
- [between 1938 and 1939]
- - Graham, George Vinton
- - Guitar
- - Pump organ
- Photographic prints
- Portrait photographs
- - Photograph caption: "He is recording 'The Bridgewater' from his own typed 'ballet' [sheet of lyrics]."
- - Sidney Robertson Cowell inscription on verso of copy of photograph in Music Division, Library of Congress: "Mr. G.'s guitar playing was as original as everything else about him. He spent a long time tuning the instrument to pitches never heard on land nor sea, and thereafter he strummed vigorously across the strings, occasionally even fingering a string here or there. There was absolutely no relationship in key nor pitch (except a rhythmic one as from a drum) against (literally) his equally vigorous singing. After this first session, I arranged the mike differently--nearer his mouth and farther from his fingers. Despite the cacaphony, he could not sing without the guitar: 'Otherwise, what would I do with my hands?'."
- - Forms part of a group of field materials documenting George Vinton Graham performing Anglo-American songs on October 12, 1938, December 3 and 7, 1938, July 9, 1939, and August 16, 1939, collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Jose, California.
- 1 photographic print : silver gelatin ; 3 x 4 in.
- Forms part of: W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection
- Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
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W.P.A. California Folk Music Project collection (AFC 1940/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Chicago citation style:
Cowell, Sidney Robertson, Collector, Cowell, Sidney Robertson, photographer. George Vinton Graham with guitar, seated, right profile, looking downwards, portrait, photograph. , 1938. [Between 1938 and 1939] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017701369/.
APA citation style:
Cowell, S. R., Cowell, S. R., photographer. (1938) George Vinton Graham with guitar, seated, right profile, looking downwards, portrait, photograph. , 1938. [Between 1938 and 1939] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2017701369/.
MLA citation style:
Cowell, Sidney Robertson, Collector, photographer by Cowell, Sidney Robertson. George Vinton Graham with guitar, seated, right profile, looking downwards, portrait, photograph. [Between 1938 and 1939] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2017701369/>.