Category Archives: biography

Daisy Turner, the shotgun-wielding centenarian, was someone Jane Beck was anxious to meet. Beck, the Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, recounted her first encounter with Daisy Turner on the Vermont PBS program Connect. “First and foremost, she was … Continue reading

Robert Bussel is a professor of history and director of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He answered some questions about his book Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship. Q: What … Continue reading

Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story by Wayne Everett Goins has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in Historical Research in Blues, Gospel, or R&B in the 2015 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence. Goins … Continue reading

Last week the Library of Congress announced that it would offer an online archive of the collected papers of folklorist Alan Lomax and his family. This incredible resource will offer the field notes, logs and indexes related to these unparalleled collections, Alan’s … Continue reading

Congratulations to Gary B. Reid, author of The Music of the Stanley Brothers, who was named Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). Gary Reid was awarded a luncheon on October 1, 2015, in Raleigh, NC, … Continue reading

For Ray Bradbury, censorship was serious business. In Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, book banning was not only a matter of the obliteration of the printed page, but a literal case of life and death. As Jonathan Eller writes in Becoming Ray … Continue reading

The University of Illinois Press thinks country and western music hung the moon. Our list of C&W books reads like a who’s who of that musical form’s rhinestone-studded history. You want singers? Our bill features hitmakers and hip shakers like the Singing Sheriff Faron … Continue reading

Harold Arlen wrote the soundtrack to long nighttime walks on wet streets, to the staring contests we hold with memory out of the windows of our lonely room, to the melancholy poets of heartache who compose their verse around impatient shouts … Continue reading

George Hamilton IV departed the world two years ago today. Unrelated to the actor and tanning phenomenon of the same name, IV, as he was sometimes called, ambled out of North Carolina in his college years to become a teen … Continue reading

On August 29, 1920 Charles Parker, Jr. was born in Kansas City, Kansas. As Chuck Haddix writes in Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, the jazz icon’s launching pad was a home of two faces; an environment that … Continue reading