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Harry Smith / New York / Seattle

Harry Smith, Doris Chase & Shirley Clarke: Chelsea Hotel Penthouse Avant Garde

Underground filmmaker Shirley Clarke was one of Harry Smith’s neighbors in Chelsea Hotel. From Dee Dee Halleck’s eulogy to Shirley Clarke: In the early seventies I somehow found my way up to her workshop space in the penthouse of the Chelsea Hotel. Shirley lived and worked there making live and taped video performance, installation and documentation … Continue reading

Anthology / Harry Smith

OPB’s Dave Blanchard Earns Honorary OCI Membership

Think Out Loud’s Dave Blanchard has compiled a terrific “compare and contrast” list of musicians who claim Harry Smith’s Anthology as a formative influence. Find his extensive and surprising list, which includes videos, on the OPB website. Included is a link to Blanchard’s interview with Eric Isaacson about Mississippi Records’ re-release of Harry Smith’s Anthology of … Continue reading

Portland / Seattle

Lori Goldston Talks Harry Smith

“Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher based in Seattle.” On March 17, 2014, one time Nirvana cellist Lori Goldston comes to the Hollywood Theatre in Portland to celebrate Mississippi Records re-release of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music. … Continue reading


Harry Comes Home To Seattle w/Lori Goldston: Heaven & Earth Magic @ SIFF Cinema, March 18, 2014

Oregon Cartoon Institute brings Harry Smith home to Seattle in time to welcome the 2014 Society of Cinema and Media Studies conference, which opens Wednesday March 19 and runs through Sunday March 23. Cellist Lori Goldston will provide live accompaniment for OCI’s multiple projector, expanded cinema version of Heaven & Earth Magic. The screening will … Continue reading

Harry Smith

The Parental Enigma, Part One: Robert James Smith

Harry’s Chicago grandfather, Robert A. Smith, married the daughter of a Chicago industrialist-turned-salmon packer. I don’t know if he did this before or after he moved to Bellingham to assist in the administration of the Deming family’s powerful, vertically integrated, salmon canning empire. The record shows their son, Robert James Smith, bailed on this mission, … Continue reading