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Film, Video Dick Spottswood: Mini Symposium

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  • Dick Spottswood: Mini Symposium


  • The renowned discographer, researcher, author, broadcaster and scholar of folk and ethnic music Dick Spottswood participated in a two-part event at the Library, featuring an interview about his career and accomplishments followed by a panel with prominent Washington area folklorists, ethnomusicologists, discographers and archivists highlighting his numerous contributions to American music.

Event Date

  • May 14, 2019


  • -  Among his many accomplishments, Dick Spottswood is celebrated as the author of the essential "Ethnic Music on Records: A Discography of Ethnic Recordings Produced in the United States, 1893-1942," a seven-volume listing of early sound recordings by foreign language and minority groups in the U.S.; the 15-volume LP series "Folk Music in America," produced for the Library of Congress to mark the 1976 Bicentennial; for his research on Caribbean, South American, bluegrass, blues, and country recordings; and for his contributions to hundreds of influential reissue recordings by labels such as Arhoolie, Rounder, Yazoo and Bear Family as well as his own Melodeon and Piedmont labels.

Running Time

  • 2 hours 21 minutes 17 seconds

Online Format

  • video
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  • online text

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