A Tribute to Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music

Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids name drops Harry Smith (no relation) more than a few times, as the eccentric archivist of 20th century folk music shared a residence with her and then boyfriend Robert Mapplethorpe at The Chelsea Hotel. Through his compilation of American folk recordings—The Anthology of American Folk Music—that featured the songs of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and the Carter Family, Smith is credited as a pivotal usher of the '50s and '60s folk revival. Outside of the folk circuit, Smith achieved limited recognition for his work during his lifetime—though he did win a Grammy a year before he died, in 1991—but Patti Smith, ever the tastemaker, is among those giving him proper due now. With Baby Gramps, The Horde and the Harem, The Sumner Brothers, Led to Sea, The Washover Fans, Annie Ford Band, Liam Fitzgerald, Atlas Stringband, Les Chattes Creoles, Canote Brothers, Jacob Miller & the Bridge City Crooners, Jenny Ritter. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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