The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition Presents the 32nd Albert Lord and Milman Parry Lecture by Nick Spitzer

Nick Spitzer will co-host two events with the Missouri Audio Project. These events are public and open to all.

“From Roots to Routes: Oral Tradition, Recording, Broadcast and the Emergence of American Vernacular Music”

Thursday October 5, 4-5:30 Swallow Hall 101

Nick Spitzer will discuss the impact of the “Golden Age of 78s” when A & R men and national recording companies sought out great oral tradition performers in old-time country music, blues, Cajun fiddling, and others to produce 3-minute recordings to sell back to source communities and broader audiences. He will address the role of audio-driven folklorists like Alan Lomax who made field recordings and aired both oral tradition and mass-mediated forms of it on radio; the impact of oral forms on radio across lines of race in the emergence of new creolized traditions of both jazz and rock n roll, and the creation of new shared American vernaculars as popular culture; and how the public radio program American Routes is constructed both to acknowledge and extend forms of vernacular cultural continuity and creativity.


“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Making Good Radio and Talking About Smart Stuff on the Airwaves”

October 6, 10:00-11:30 AM Fred W. Smith Forum

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