OBLONG ONLINE: Steven Garabedian, "A Sound History: Lawrence Gellert, Black Musical Protest, and White Denial" | Literary & Books | Chronogram Magazine

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OBLONG ONLINE: Steven Garabedian, "A Sound History: Lawrence Gellert, Black Musical Protest, and White Denial"

When: Wed., Feb. 10, 7-8 p.m.

Lawrence Gellert has long been a mysterious figure in American folk and blues studies, gaining prominence in the left-wing folk revival of the 1930s for his fieldwork in the U.S. South. A “lean, straggly-haired New Yorker,” as Time magazine called him, Gellert was an independent music collector, without formal training, credentials, or affiliation. At a time of institutionalized suppression, he worked to introduce white audiences to a tradition of black musical protest that had been denied and overlooked by prior white collectors. Register now at oblongbooks.com!

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