Saturday, August 28, 2010

Uncle John

I just watched a great Smithsonian Channel show called "Play on John: A Life in Music" - a documentary on the life and work of John Cohen. Cohen is a filmmaker, artist, musician, and photographer who was one of the first to capture a young Bob Dylan (among other Beats) on film. And perhaps more important than his photographic work (though stunning in its beauty), his work as a musicologist helped form the Folk Music Revival of the 50s and 60s and brought such luminaries as Ralph Stanley, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt any many more from the rural hills and farms of the South to the big stage in New York City. Quite an impressive life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Check out the book "There is no Eye: The Photographs of John Cohen"..really great collection of his work.

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