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Acoustic Highlights

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My buddy Denis and I have been playing together for 40 years – occasionally with plugged-in electric rock ensembles but usually in acoustic or at least, amplified acoustic enterprises – as with our new outfit, rehearsing later today. So it’s no surprise that he spotted on the web a preview of a feature in the new Acoustic Guitar magazine which suggests – from a USA perspective – 25 key moments in the history of the acoustic guitar. Here’s the chronological list, but if you check the link you can read a paragraph on each. Some of this stuff I’ve never heard of but for me the outstanding one is undoubtedly the Harry Smith anthology. If you don’t know about Harry who was an artist/film-maker/magician check him out – he was a true maverick in the best sense:

25 MOMENTS: WOODSTOCK, JOHNNY CASH & MORE Acoustic Guitar Magazine (February 2015 edition preview)

There have been many moments in acoustic-music history, but these 25 major signposts pointed the way from early field recordings to the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. For example, without the Lomaxes, Harry Smith wouldn’t have put Dock Boggs and Sleepy John Estes on his influential folk compilation; without Harry, young Bob Dylan wouldn’t have heard so much music to steal from; and without Dylan . . . well, you wouldn’t have had anybody else.

  1. The Lomaxes Record Lead Belly

1934

  1. Woody Guthrie Lands Los Angeles Radio Show

1937

  1. Hank Williams Plays the Grand Ole Opry

1949

  1. Harry Smith Releases Anthology of American Folk Music

1952 

  1. Bob Dylan Plays The Gaslight

1962 

  1. Dylan Plugs in at Newport Folk Festival

1965

  1. Odetta Mesmerizes the March on Washington

1963

  1. Buck Owens Picks & Grins on Hee Haw

1969 

  1. Elvis Returns with a televised acoustic set

1968 

  1. Richie Havens and CSN Shred at Woodstock

1969

  1. Johnny Cash Goes to Prison

1969

  1. Dirt Band Records Will the Circle Be Unbroken

1972

  1. Janis Ian Appears on Saturday Night Live

1975

  1. Bread and Roses (Mimi Farina) Releases Live Album 

1977 

  1. Anti-Folk Rises From Lower Manhattan

1983

  1. MerleFest Finds Hope in Tragedy

1988

  1. MTV Unplugs

1989

  1. Righteous Babe (Ani De Franco) Does It Herself

1990 

  1. Jewel Joins Lilith Fair

1997

  1. Buena Vista Social Club Cuts a Record

1997 

  1. Elliott Smith Performs at the Oscars 

1998 

  1. ‘Pink Moon’ (Nick Drake) Drives VW Ad

1999

  1. ‘O Brother’ Soundtrack Overshadows Film

2000

  1. Devendra Banhart Releases Freak-Folk Classic

2005

  1. Railroad Revival Tour Chugs Forth

2011

See more at:

http://www.acousticguitar.com/News-Features/25th-Anniversary-Issue/25-Moments-Woodstock-Johnny-Cash-and-more?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AG_Weekly_MasterTemplate%20(43)&utm_content=&spMailingID=11555819&spUserID=NTE3MzQzMTYxNTgS1&spJobID=423767343&spReportId=NDIzNzY3MzQzS0#sthash.tHJlUIUr.dpuf

Lots of Harry Smith. Try:

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Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

One thought on “Acoustic Highlights

  1. After looking through this list had a re listen to Odetta and found this. Brilliant.

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