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‘The use of memory in oral history makes it a distinctly different methodology from that employed by Mass Observation researchers’. Discuss.

Oral history is a catch all term applied to two things, both the process of conducting and recording interviews with select people in order to obtain information from them about a past event.[1] Whereas Mass Observation was a sociological study into British society and the people within it, though elements are shared between the two the use of memory can be seen as a divisive factor shaping their varying methodologies.  2,821 more words

Mass Observation

Excerpt from new book on Newport Folk Festival details folk music's rise in a racially tense America

The Staples Singers with George Wein, photo by​ Ken Franckling

​​Newport Folk Festival recently announced its full lineup for 2017. Fleet Foxes, Wilco, Regina Spektor, The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Michael Kiwanuka, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, John Prine, and many more are scheduled to appear. 2,224 more words


Voices of Kosovo in Manchester... and in Kosovo

The welcome was magnificent, unexplainable. Not just our first steps off the plane at Manchester Airport, but also the processing of all the refugees. And yes, it’s true, the English removed the rags of oppression and truly brought smiles for the first time to our kids’ faces – our kids, who had seen nothing but violence, burnings and killing.

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Books Etc

Ep. 13 - L - "I Thought That We Were Rich"

Instead of approaching a stranger for an interview, this week a stranger approached us. Meet L.


Art & Pie: On making connections, storytelling, and the Professional Life of Amy Evans

 Editor’s note: Amy Evans is a tour-de-force—there’s no way around it. She built the documentary program at the Southern Foodways Alliance, an organization whose mission is to document, study and celebrate the food cultures of the American South. 3,194 more words

Boss Ladies

London Oral History Project

Excited to report that next month I will be introducing the London Oral History Project to the new councillors of the London Youth Advisory Council. My hope is that training and research/interviews will begin this summer.