Robert Garfias recordings: Son House/guitar, 1968-03-18

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Title
Robert Garfias recordings: Son House/guitar
Dates
1968-03-18
Quantity
11 items  :  8 film reels (16mm, color); 2 audio reels (15 ips, full-track, 7"); 1 DVD
Collection Number
1968016
Summary
Delta style country blues performance by musician and vocalist Eddie James "Son" House, Jr., recorded in the University of Washington School of Music. Part of the broader series of films recorded by Robert Garfias.
Repository
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
98195-3450
Telephone: 2065430974
ethnoarc@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Access to original items is restricted. Viewing copies exist.

Languages
English

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) recorded by Robert Garfias, Dan Grinstead, Margaret Devine, Walter Tianen, and Byong Won Lee with Nagra III, Arriflex 16mm (filmed in color)

Contents: S-416 (S18.5): Death Letter Blues, Empire State Express; S-417 (S19): Levee Camp Moan.

Preservation and viewing copies of the films were produced in 2022 via a National Film Preservation Foundation Basic Preservation grant.

Access copies of films can be viewed either through the viewing DVD contained in this collection or via the 'Archival Jukebox' viewing station in the Libraries.

For additional information of film originals, prints, etc., see 1996 film inventory.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1968016-0001, 1968-03-18Return to Top

1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 2

1968016-0002, 1968-03-18Return to Top

1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 1

FilmsReturn to Top

8 films
Description Dates
S18.5
1 film reel, 16mm, color : Camera original
1968-03-18
S19
1 film reel, 16mm, color : Camera original
1968-03-18
S18.5 Sound Answer Print
1 film reel, 16mm, color, sound
1968-03-18
S18.5 Film Out Color Negative
1 film reel, 16mm, color negative
1968-03-18
S18.5 Negative Optical Track
1 film reel, 16mm
1968-03-18
S19 Sound Answer Print
1 film reel, 16mm, color, sound
1968-03-18
S19 Film Out Color Negative
1 film reel, 16mm, color negative
1968-03-18
S19 Negative Optical Track
1 film reel, 16mm
1968-03-18

DVD Access copyReturn to Top

1 DVD

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

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

Geographical Names

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

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • House, Son, 1902-1988 (performer)