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Smith, H. (1952). Anthology of American Folk Music. New York: Folkways Records.

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If Harry Smith is known for anything, it is for the six-album compilation released by Folkways Records (run by Moses Asch) in 1952, comprising of eighty-four American folk, blues and country music recordings that were originally issued from 1927 to 1932.  Smith compiled the anthology from his personal collection of 78 rpm records; the release became the spring source for American folk music revival of the 50s and 60s.  Record collecting was an "obsessive, investigative hobby" for Smith, but the curation of these records can be understood in an ethnographic context, as Smith sought out the earliest records of an "odd, weird America."   The Anthology is a prime example of Smith's "passive" work which became a major artistic force. (Smith, 1952)

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