Nick Spitzer, "From Roots to Routes: Oral Tradition, Recording, Broadcast, and the Emergence of American Vernacular Literature"

Thursday, October 5, 2017 4:00pm to 5:30pm

101 Swallow Hall, University of Missouri

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Center for Studies in Oral Tradition is thrilled to co-host Nick Spitzer, producer and host of the radio show American Routes (NPR), folklorist, professor of anthropology and American Studies at Tulane University.

The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition Presents the 32nd Albert Lord and Milman Parry Lecture by Nick Spitzer: "From Roots to Routes: Oral Tradition, Recording, Broadcast and the Emergence of American Vernacular Music”

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.

For more information, please contact: Sean Gurd, gurds@missouri.edu

In addition,the Missouri Audio Project presents a public conversation with Nick Spitzer,  Friday, Oct. 6, 10-11:30 AM, Fred W. Smith Forum, 200 Reynolds Journalism Institute.

For more information, please contact: Julija Šukys, sukysj@missouri.edu