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Prior to each interview Folk Music Archives does archival research through the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, Smithsonian Folkways, Private and University Archive Collections,  Museum Collections, Biographers, Authors, Journalists, Sing Out, Broadside, Archive Newspaper and Magazine Articles, Folk Festivals, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Public Broadcasting System, Record Companies, Producers, Managers, Venues, Other Artists . . . and with permission, family and friends. 


Folk Music Archives  for archival research, depending on availability, budget and time constraints, obtains and auditions recordings of the folk artist or group being interviewed.  Recording's or cuts are copyright referenced as part of the final archive interview. This is done to identify the accurate and appropriate song or cut mentioned or referred to during interview. For archival accuracy this is of utmost importance, since a particular folk song, like "Where Have All The Flowers Gone," may have been recorded by the artist on several records over many years .  .   . and in many cases by other artists and groups. All music is copyright protected by the artist and/or record company. Copyright and Intellectual Property Right Laws Apply. Permission must be granted independently  for use of any music, lyrics or song.  FMA  provides: artist, song, album name and record company. All voice interviews recorded by Folk Music Archives are copyright protected and permission and licensing for use of audio recordings or segments must be obtained by Folk Music Archives and/or the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. 


For example,
 during the Pete Seeger interview at his cabin in Beacon, New York on September 22, 1999, Pete talks about Bob Dylan's first performance at Carnegie Hall when Bob performed 
"Maggie's  Farm ." 
  Folk Music Archives researched the performance date, venue and song. It is referenced and noted if the recording is needed for archive listening or production use. If, however, any artist or group sings during a recorded interview that is part of the Folk Music Archives interview. Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson both wrote verses to "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" and they sing verses during the archive interview. Peter, Paul & Mary and The Kingston Trio refer to the song - - their versions on Warner Bros. and Decca are referenced.

Photographs: Folk Music Archives©
Top Photo Features: The Weavers Song Book arranged by 
Robert De Cormier 1960 Library of Congress M60-1041.
Bound For Glory: Woody Guthrie Copyright 1943/1971.
Oscar Brand, "The Ballad Mongers, rise of the modern folk song
©  1962 Greenwood Press Publishers.

Bottom Photo Features: The Tarriers, Decca: "A Live Performance at The Bitter End"
Peter, Paul & Mary, Warner Bros., "A Song Will Rise.
The Kingston Trio, first release Capital high fidelity recording
featuring "Tom Dooley."
Folk Song and Minstrelsy 1962, featuring Joan Baez, Bob Gibson, Cisco Houston, Ed McCurdy, Odetta, Leon Bibb, Ronnie Gilbert, Tom Makem, Pete Seeger, The Weavers and others.
Bob Dylan "Rare & Unreleased" Columbia Records 1961 - 1991.
MusicHound Folk, Neal Walters and Brian Mansfield
Pete Seeger & Folkways Records 1954, 1962, Smithsonian Folkways
"How To Play The 5-String Banjo" [Instructions w/Album FM8303].
Paul Robeson, A Biography by Martin Duberman, The New Press 1989.
Pete Seeger bringing a girl with leg braces aboard the
Sloop Clearwater, Beacon, New York 1972 - Photo by Frank Shane©

 

 

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