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Selected Videos from The Library of Congress
The videos found below are on various topics related to African-American music, excluding Jazz resources, which can be found in a separate research guide. More videos are available from the Library of Congress through its Event Videos collection and the Library's YouTube External channel.
Alan Lomax Fellow Cece Conway delivers a multimedia presentation on the instrumental and musical history of Appalachian traditional music, with illustration from African and Appalachian musicians, instruments, videos, sounds and images. Presented October 01, 2015.
A panel of ethnomusicologists and contributors to the book "Black Lives Matter and Music" looked towards the present state of the movement to discuss economic injustices, gentrification and cultural displacement, as well as education disparities as enduring kinds of violence. Presented June 05, 2019.
Author and ethnomusicologist Jean E. Snyder discusses Harry T. Burleigh's leading role in American music and culture during the 20th century, through his work as a composer, arranger and performer. Part of her research on Burleigh, recognized as the first African-American to produce a major body of art songs, was conducted using resources at the Library of Congress. Presented February 20, 2017.
Greil Marcus excavates a few roots of the American Songbook, examining a handful of indelible and idiosyncratic country, religious or blues songs from the 1920s and their modern revisions. Presented October 21, 2010.