DC -- Natl Museum of American History -- Exhibit: Sounding American Music:
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Description of Pictures: Sounding American Music
From acoustic guitar to keytar – this display looks at musicians representing diverse genres who have innovated, invented, and inspired as they contributed to America’s songbook. Guitars from Steve Cropper, Elizabeth Cotten, and Jesse Fuller demonstrate decades of ingenuity, while Herbie Hancock’s keytar reflects the continuous evolution in American music-making.
About the Artifact Walls
Artifact walls, consisting of 275 linear feet of glass-fronted cases lining the central first and second floors, highlight the depth and breadth of the collections. They reflect the Museum's core mission to collect, study, and exhibit objects from our nation's rich and diverse history. This display is one of the special cases that highlight anniversaries, views into the collections, and research findings.
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SOUND_200925_08.JPG: Acoustic guitar, around 1890-1895
Mississippi John Hurt (around 1892-1966) was lent this guitar by music researcher Tom Hoskins to play at the 1963 Newport Folks Festival.
The youngest child of parents born into slavery, Hurt worked for decades in cotton fields near his Avalon, Mississippi, home. He developed a unique fingerpicking style and a colorful repertoire steeped in ragtime, blues, and old-time music.
Though he recorded in the 1920s, he did not reach a national audience until he performed with this guitar at Newport. There, Hurt captivated a generation of socially minded youth seeking inspiration from the folk and blues traditions at the heart of American music.
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2020 photos: Well, that was a year, wasn't it? The COVID-19 pandemic cut off most events here in DC after March 11.
Trump's handling of the pandemic was a series of disastrous missteps and lies, encouraging his minions to not wear masks and dramatically increasing infections and deaths here. As the chant goes -- Hey, hey, POTUS-A; how many folks did you kill today? The BLM protests started in June, made all the worse by the child president's inability to have any empathy for anyone other than himself. Then of course he tried to steal the election in November. What a year!
The farthest distance I traveled after that was about 40 miles. I only visited sites in four states -- Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and DC. That was the least amount of travel I had done since 1995. Number of photos taken this year: about 246,000, the fewest number of photos I had taken in any year since 2007.