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Through blog posts, podcasts and videos presentations of public programs and concerts, you can learn more about the American Folklife Center's collections directly from folklorists, specialists, and performers.
Folklife Today is a blog for people interested in folklore, folklife, and oral history. The blog features brief articles on folklife topics, highlighting the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress, especially the American Folklife Center and the Veterans History Project.
The highlighted blog posts below focus on the topic of music in the United States.
Discover the treasures of the Library through its experts and special guests. Find full podcast series produced by the American Folklife Center by following the links below.
The selected podcasts below focus on the topic of music in the United States in the American Folklife Center collections.
Since its inception in 1976, the American Folklife Center has routinely hosted public programs at the Library of Congress in the form of concerts, lectures, panels, and symposia. From 2006 on, most of these public programs have been video recorded and made available online.
There are a number of playlists available on the YouTube page that gather videos from certain seasons of our Homegrown Concert series External or pull together various lectures as a sampler External of the types of topics covered. You can also simply search "folklife" on the YouTube page External to pull up hundreds of videos.
It is also possible to view entire series of American Folklife Center videos on the Library's website. Those links are provided below. Many (if not all) of the same videos can be found on the Library's YouTube channel.
For this edition of its Archives Challenges series, the American Folklife Center has invited several distinguished artists to dig into its archives and put their own creative stamps on the songs they find here. Established at the Library in 1928, the Archive of Folk Culture contains everything from the first wax cylinder recordings of Native American song, to John and Alan Lomax's pioneering disc-era recordings, to recent digital documentation of folk concerts of all kinds. Best known performers in the archives include Muddy Waters, Pete Seeger, Honeyboy Edwards, Woody Guthrie, Aunt Molly Jackson, Lead Belly, Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie and soon, the performers in this showcase.
Although all other aspects of Yiddish culture existed wherever Ashkenazic Jews lived, it was only in America that radio realized its greatest and most fulfilling use by and for Jews. Yiddish scholar Henry Sapoznik discusses and shares some of the most memorable and powerful moments in this nearly lost world of ethnic American broadcasting. (Event date: October 14, 2009)
In this 2018 Homegrown concert, Onnik and Ara Dinkjian are joined by an ensemble of outstanding instrumentalists: Tamer Pinarbasi (kanun), Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet), Pablo Vergara (keyboard), Panagiotis Andreou (bass) and Engin Gunaydin (percussion). Onnik Dinkjian remains America's most renowned Armenian folk and liturgical singer. He has preserved Armenian folk songs from the villages of Anatolia in Eastern Turkey, especially in the unique dialect from his ancestral city of Diyarbekir, known as Dikranagerd to Armenians. Ara Dinkjian inherited his father's love and passion for Armenian music. American-born, he plays both western and eastern instruments including piano, guitar, dumbeg and clarinet. (Event date: July 03, 2018)