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Making People's Music - Moe Asch and Folkways Records


468 pages
Smithsonian Institution Press


A biography of Moe Asch, the founder of Folkways records. Most remembered for recording such folk and blues singers as Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Ella Jenkins, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Pete Seeger. By his death in 1986, Asch had amassed a catalog of almost 2,200 recordings that had expanded the definition of American folk music and introduced listeners to sounds from every corner of the world.

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