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Ed Perl, the founder of the Ash Grove on Melrose in West Los Angeles, the center of the folk revival in L.A., recalls Alan's coming in the club while Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were appearing. He walked straight up to the stage, and after the second number he asked Monroe where he got the song he'd just played. "I was shocked," Perl said. "Nobody ever did that, let alone to God. Bill responded, "Is that you Alan?" and they proceeded to talk about and demonstrate the influence of black music on Bill and bluegrass - from Alan Lomax, The Man Who Recorded the World, by John Szwed

Author Topic: Leo Sarkisian Obituary  (Read 139 times)

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Leo Sarkisian Obituary
« on: July 01, 2018, 09:30:57 AM »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/leo-sarkisian-who-brought-african-music-to-listeners-around-the-world-dies-at-97/2018/06/30/612b9bae-7a47-11e8-80be-6d32e182a3bc_story.html?utm_term=.0d54ca84e403

I've lived overseas in places where Voice of America and other shortwave stations are valued sources of information and music, despite the low fidelity, so I got acquainted with Leo's program in the late 80s in China -- 20 years after it first aired.

International field recordings were Leo's specialty--to my knowledge he never did fieldwork in the States a la the Lomaxes.

Worth a read, especially for the wisdom in the last paragraph.

Also, here's a link to a story about the archive he left behind:

https://blogs.voanews.com/music-time-in-africa/about-leo-sarkisian-music-archive/

Lindy

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