Robert Garfias recordings: Mance Lipscomb/guitar, 1968-02-05  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Robert Garfias recordings: Mance Lipscomb/guitar
4 items  :  OT - 2 reels (15 ips, full-track, 7"); 2 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 00:21:48; also see film log and doc file for NK1 United States/96-18 (Blues video)
Collection Number
Country blues performance by American blues singer and guitarist Mance Lipscomb, recorded at the University of Washington, School of Music.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-0974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Country blues: Mance Lipscomb/guitar and vocals.

Recorded by Robert Garfias, Dan Grinstead, and Byong Won Lee with Nagra III, Arriflex 16mm (filmed in color)


68-15.1 (S17) - S414: Troubling Mind; Cap'n Cap'n, What Time Will It Be?; Night Time Is the Right Time; Alabama Jubilee;

68-15.2 (S18) - S415: Motherless Children; Run, Sinner, Run; Titanic; Red River.

For video versions of films (most songs) see - NK1 United States/96-18.4 (VHS) or NK1 United States/96-18.13 (Betacam) (a second Betacam copy of songs from this collection (unidentified; total duration = 19:00) on NK1 United States/96-18.19 - can't play this format)

For description of film originals, prints, etc., see 1996 film inventory.

Also see "Roots of American Music" (NK1/93-21) (VHS copy)

Audio tapes digitized 3/2016 (WAV, 48 kHz, 24-bit) - 68-15.1.wav (11:49), 68-15.2.wav (9:59)

Documentation: Brief biography of performer

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 4
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 4

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Blues (Music)
  • country blues--blues
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Guitar
  • Vocal
  • Geographical Names :
  • North America
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • United States
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Video recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Lipscomb, Mance, 1895-1976 (performer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Music Building (Seattle, Wash.) (event place)