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Posted By: Desert Dancer
16-Mar-12 - 10:48 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Archie Green (22 March 2009)-Memorial Jun 21
Subject: RE: Obit: Archie Green (22 March 2009)-Memorial Jun 21
The Mind of Labor's Champion - a lengthy review by Herbert Reid of the Sean Burns's biography, "Archie Green: The Making of a Working Class Hero", on the website Daily Yonder.

The opening:
"Imaginatively, we reach under the melting pot to retard its flame." This is how Archie Green (1917-2009) once described the work of public folklorists.

Sean Burns highlights the comment in drawing his fascinating and insightful yet measured study of Green to a close. The statement is indeed key to Archie's approach and underlies his commitments both to cultural pluralism in general and to authentic expressions of regionally specific arts in particular music especially.

Recordings and documentation of traditional performers were among many amazing trails Archie blazed. Now we have a book that traces his work through the dense forest of cultural politics without losing us at the first turn.


~ Becky in Long Beach