32nd Lord and Parry Lecture

The Missouri Audio Project and the Center for Studies in Oral Tradition are thrilled to co-host Nick Spitzer, producer and host of the NPR radio show American Routes, folklorist, and professor of anthropology and American Studies at Tulane University.

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

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

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.

A second event is also planned for Nick Spitzer's visit: a public conversation on Friday, October 6, 10:00-11:30 in the Fred W. Smith Room, Reyonlds Journalism Institute.  

Both of these events are public and open to ALL. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend one or both events. 

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