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Lead Belly Gets Smithsonian Folkways Moment with New 5-CD and Coffee Table Book Collection

Lead Belly Gets Smithsonian Folkways Moment with New 5-CD and Coffee Table Book Collection >>

Huddie Ledbetter, more commonly known as "Lead Belly," is having a Smithsonian Folkways moment for his latest tribute: Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection. An anthology and coffee-table book that broadly chronicles Belly's career, it's essential to folk fans of any stripe.

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Lowenthal Talks New Book 'Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey' and the Rebellious and Uncontested Guitar Phenom

EXCLUSIVE: Steve Lowenthal Talks New Book 'Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey' >>

"This is not rock 'n' roll. It's not pop music. It's not folk music; it's this sort of transcendental guitar music," Steve Lowenthal emphatically tells me over the phone. And, indeed, his new book, Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, details the style (and story) of perhaps this country's most influential "American primitive" guitarist.

Brazilian Bus Magnate Buys All Records and Creates 'Emporium Musical' All-Purpose Music Library

Brazilian Bus Magnate Zero Freitas Buying Up Records for All-Purpose 'Emporium Musical' Library >>

Perhaps the reincarnation of Alan Lomax, or just a messiah to the entire music collector community, Zero Freitas has slightly become an enigma with his extensive music library that he is now attempting to make into a non-profit. A wealthy businessman with too much time on his hands, perhaps, has led to an uncanny musical expedition determined to catalog every record in the world.

This Land is Their Land: Alan Lomax's Presto K8 Returns Via New Web Series 'The 78 Project,' Premieres in March at SXSW >>

You'll recall that Alan Lomax began his tour of the United States in the 1940s. He set out with a Presto Model K8 recording machine--a 78 r.p.m. direct-to-disc field recorder--in hopes of archiving regional music from around the nation and, ultimately, the globe. Alex Steyermark, a director and music supervisor for films, and music journalist Lavinia Jones-Wright acquired a K8 machine in 2010 and set out on a similar path that Lomax did.

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