Robert Garfias recordings: Robert "Pete" Williams/guitar, 1970-04-19

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Robert Garfias recordings: Robert "Pete" Williams/guitar
6 items  :  OT - 2 reels (15 ips, full-track, 7"); WD - 2 compact discs (digital, stereo); 2 AIFF files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 00:21:32
Collection Number
Performance by Robert Pete Williams (country blues musician) recorded in the University of Washington Music Building, room 58, 4/19/70.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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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 (Delta style) filmed in color (16mm).

Robert "Pete" Williams/Sovereign guitar (sometimes played horizontally on lap w/jackknife only; 1 pick used on index finger) and vocals.

Contents: 70-16.1 (Film S-038): Oh Lord, That Dear Old Mother of Mine (4:48); Matchbox Blues (4:55) (total duration = 9:44); 70-16.2 (S-039): Baby You Don't Treat Me Right (9:34); Tell Me the Time That Train Come Through Your Town (2:14) [runs off] (total duration = 11:48)

For video versions of film (minus last song) see NK1 United States/96-18.1 (VHS), NK1 United States/96-18.10 (Betacam); also see "Roots of American Music" (NK1/93-21) (VHS); for description of film originals, prints, etc., see 1996 film inventory.

Transmission Data: Digital files created 2/2012 - 70-16.1.aif, 70-16.2.aif (48 kHz/24-bit) and work disc (WD) copies produced.

Documentation: See Film log and documentation file for NK1 U.S./96-18 (Blues videos)

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 2
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 2

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Blues (Music)
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Guitar
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology
  • country blues--blues
  • delta blues--blues

Corporate Names

  • Music Building (Seattle, Wash.)

Geographical Names

  • North America
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • United States

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Williams, Robert Pete, 1914-1980 (performer)