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