Robert Garfias recordings: Lightnin' Hopkins/guitar, 1967-10-22

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Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Robert Garfias recordings: Lightnin' Hopkins/guitar
4 items  :  OT - 2 reels (15 ips, full-track, 7"); 2 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 00:19:53
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Performance of country blues by Lightnin' Hopkins, recorded at the University of Washington, School of Music.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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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)

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Recorded by Robert Garfias, Dan Grinstead & Byong Won Lee with Nagra III, Arriflex 16mm.

Contains performance of country blues by Lightnin' Hopkins.


67-13.1 - Baby Please Don't Go (Film S15/a); Mojo Hand (Film S15/b); Oh My Babe, Take Me Back (Film S15/c); Moon Shining Down Through the Trees (Film S15/d) (Note: several drop-outs noted on original tape 3/2016)

67-13.2 - Come on, Baby; Rocky Mt.; Rock Me All Night Long; See That My Grave is Kept Clean.

Audio tapes digitized 3/2016 (WAV, 48 kHz, 24-bit) - 67-13.1.wav (10:01), 67-13.2.wav (9:52)

Documentation: Film log.

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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)
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Guitar
  • country blues--blues

Geographical Names

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

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Hopkins, Lightnin', 1912-1982 (performer)
    Corporate Names
    • Music Building (Seattle, Wash.) (event place)