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UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recordings: Robert Garfias recordings (Songs by Lightnin' Sam Hopkins; Roots of American Music), 1968-1970
- Garfias, Robert
- UW Ethnomusicology Archives video recordings: Robert Garfias recordings (Songs by Lightnin' Sam Hopkins; Roots of American Music)
- 1968-1970 (inclusive)19681970
- 2 items : Dubs - 2 vcts (VHS, sp, black & white (1st item), color); Master - 1 vct (Betacam SP (10")); Duration: 1:40:00; also see Archives catalog entries for individual performers.
- Collection Number
- Video dubs of films produced by the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives and published by UW Press (1968, 1972)
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
- Access Restrictions
Access is restricted.
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
Filmed and recorded by Robert Garfias and Daniel Grinstead.
Archives VHS copies (93-21.1-2) made from Betacam SP "broadcast protection masters" belonging to UW Press (copied by Moe Herman, 1992); Archives Betacam SP copy labeled "Dub, broadcast protection master" (93-21.3) produced by Bear Television (NY, NY).
Contents: Tape 1: 1) "A Program of Songs by Lightnin' Sam Hopkins" (black & white); 2) "The Roots of American Music: Country & Urban Blues Part I" (color); Tape 2: 1) "The Roots of American Music: Country & Urban Blues Part II and Part III" (color); Tape 3 (same as Tape 1) (Archives Betacam SP master for "The Roots of American Music" Parts II-III missing at time of cataloging update).
See logsheets for detailed contents listing.
Documentation: Old UW Press film listings
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1993021-0001: Songs by Lightnin' Sam Hopkins; Roots of American Music
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 12
Tape Contents: 00:00-Silence00:03-Titles-"Washington Films" "Ethnic Music and Dance Series" "Robert Garfias, Editor" "University of Washington Press Seattle"00:13-"A Program of Songs by Lightnin' Hopkins"; "Filmed and recorded by Robert Garfias and Daniel Grinstead, October 1967"; "Copyright @ 1968 by the University of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington 98105"00:32-(picture and sound) Lightnin' Hopkins - "Baby Please Don't Go" (guitar and vocals); 02:55-end of song - Hopkins says a few words about "Baby Please Don't Go" and introduces next song. 03:15-"Mojo Hand"; 06:30-end of song - talks about Mojo Hand and introduces "Take Me Back"07:11-"Take me Back"08:22-fadeout08:27-Titles - "Produced by the University of Washington Archive of Ethnic Music and Dance with the Cooperation of the Seattle Folklore Society"[End of Program #1]08:44-[Beginning of Program #2] Titles - "Washington Films / Ethnic music and Dance Series / Robert Garfias, Editor / University of Washington Press / Seattle and London"08:48-"The Roots of American music: Country and Urban Blues, Part I / Filmed and Recorded by Robert Garfias and Daniel Grinstead / Copyright @ 1972 by University of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington 98105" 09:05-"Jesse Fuller / John Henry / Filmed in April, 1968"09:11-Fuller introduces "John Henry"; 09:36-"John Henry" (12 string amplified guitar and vocals, includes some bottleneck); 14:27-end14:35-Titles - "Jesse Fuller / Hark from the Tomb / and / I'm Glad Salvation's Free"14:43-Fuller introduces songs; 14:59-"I'm Glad Salvation's Free" (same guitar played flat with bottleneck, no vocals) 16:27-Fuller introduces "Hark from the Tomb"; 16:40-"Hark from the Tomb" (guitar played same as previous, no vocals); 18:31-end, Fuller says - "You gone gone gone" (big smile) 18:39-Titles - "Son House / Death Letter Blues / Filmed in March, 1968"18:45-House introduces song - talks about love (2 kinds - foxfire love and the kind in the song), and talks about death letters20:15-"Death Letter Blues" (metal guitar with raised belly, metal bottleneck slide and vocals) 24:45-end24:50-Titles - "Mance Lipscomb / Motherless Child / Run Sinner Run / Filmed in Febuary, 1968"24:57-"Motherless Child" (6 string guitar with slide); 27:54-end28:03-"Run Sinner Run" (no slide); 30:02-end30:07-Titles - "Furry Lewis / Going to Brownsville / Filmed in May, 1968"30:12-Lewis introduces - "Going to Brownsville" (6 string guitar, slide on little finger); 32:59-end33:00-Titles- "Robert Pete Williams / Baby, You Don't Treat Me Right / Filmed in April, 1970" 33:09-"Baby, You Don't Treat Me Right" (6 string guitar); 42:33-end42:38-Titles - "John Lee Hooker / I'll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive / Filmed in Febuary, 1970"42:44-"I'll Never Get Out of These Blues Alive" (electric guitar and vocals); 47:17-end[End of Part I]
|1993021-0002: The Roots of American Music: Country and Urban Blues Part II and Part III
1 videotape : VCT; Tracks: 16
Tape Contents:00:00-Titles - "Washington Films / Ethnic Music and Dance Series / Robert Garfias, Editor / University of Washington Press / Seattle and London"00:08-Titles-"The Roots of American Music / Country and Urban Blues / Part II / Filmed and recorded by Robert Garfias and Daniel Grinstead / Copyright @ 1972 by the University of Washington Press, Seattle, Washington 98105"00:20-Titles - "Sonny Terry & Brownie Mc Ghee / My Baby's So Fine, Motorcycle Blues, Life is a Gamble / Filmed in March, 1970"00:30-My Baby's So Fine (S. T. - vocals and harmonica; B. M. - guitar); 03:18-end of song 03:28-Sonny Terry introduces and talks about "Motorcycle Blues"; 03:49-"Motorcyle Blues" (S. T. - vocals and harmonica; B. M. - guitar); 07:07-end of song 07:15-"Life is a Gamble" (B. M. - vocals and guitar; S. T. - harmonica); 11:27-end of song11:30-Titles - "Johnny Shines / Rambling / Tell Me Momma / Mr. Tom Blues Farm / Filmed in November, 1970 / with the assistance of Harold A. Schultz"11:42-"Rambling" (guitar with bottleneck on little finger and vocals); 14:50-end of song15:10-"Tell Me Momma"; 18:14-end of song - introduces Mr. Tom Blues Farm18:28-"Mr. Tom Blues Farm"; 21:32-end of song21:38-Titles - "The Georgia Sea Island Singers / I Want Jesus to Walk With Me / Filmed in April, 1970"21:47-one member (male) introduces song; 22:12-"I Want Jesus To Walk With Me"; 26:25-end of song26:28-Titles - "Jesse Fuller / With the Fotdella / The Woman I Had / and / Running Wild / Filmed in April, 1968"26:35-"The Woman I Had" (vocals, guitar, harmonica, kazoo, and fotdella (kind of rhythm kit in a suitcase)); 30:59-end of song31:03-"Running Wild"; 34:34-end of song34:39-Titles - "Produced by the University of Washington Archives of Ethnic Music and Dance / with the Cooperation of the Seattle Folklore Society / and the Assistance of the Graduate School, University of Washington" [end of Part II]; 34:44-end of titles34:55-Titles - "The Roots of American Music: Country and Urban Blues, Part III / Filmed and Recorded by Robert Garfias and Daniel Grinstead / Copyright @ 1972 by University of Washington Press / Seattle, Washington 98105"35:15-Titles - "Louise / and / Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" (No ID of artist, it's Fred McDowell) 35:23-"Louise" (vocals and Gibson electric guitar with bottleneck on 4 th finger); 41:05-end of song41:09-McDowell introduces "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning"; 41:21-"Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning"; 44:43-end of song44:51-Titles - "Heard Somebody Calling / Shake 'Em On Down / My Babe" [performed by Fred McDowell]44:58-"Heard Somebody Calling"; 48:47-end of song; 48:52-McDowell comments on his playing style49:12-"Shake 'Em on Down"; 51:44-end of song - tunes guitar; 52:00-comments52:13-"My Babe"; 54:35-end of song54:42-Titles - "Produced by the University of Washington / Archives of Ethnic Music and Dance / with the Cooperation of The Seattle Folklore Society / and the Assistance of the Graduate School, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98105" [end of Part III]
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
- Video recordings in ethnomusicology
- North America
- United States
Form or Genre Terms
- Video recordings
- Fuller, Jesse (performer)
- Hooker, John Lee (performer)
- Hopkins, Lightnin', 1912-1982 (performer)
- House, Son, 1902-1988 (performer)
- Lewis, Furry, 1893-1981 (performer)
- Lipscomb, Mance, 1895-1976 (performer)
- McDowell, Fred (performer)
- McGhee, Brownie, 1915-1996 (performer)
- Shines, Johnny (performer)
- Terry, Sonny (performer)
- Williams, Robert Pete, 1914-1980 (performer)
- Sea Island Singers (performer)