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Mike Seeger Talks Childhood and Early Days in Music [Interview Video]
For an appreciation of Mike Seeger (1933-2009): For over fifty years, Mike Seeger has been a musician, documenter, and tireless advocate of American folk and traditional music. As a musician, he recorded as a solo artist and member of folk revival ensemble the New Lost City Ramblers. As a collector, he has captured and produced sounds by iconic artists such as Elizabeth Cotten and Dock Boggs. And finally, as a historian and preservationist of the music he calls "old-time," Mike Seeger gives us the stories behind the music that is such an essential part of American culture. Here he performs and gives the history of "Walking Boss," a tune Thomas Clarence Ashley learned from African American railroad workers at the turn of the 19th century. Born in 1933 to parents Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger, both prominent composers and ethnomusicologists at the vanguard of this emerging field, Mike was one of several children raised on a steady diet of folk traditions. Mike's siblings include sister Peggy Seeger and half-brother, Pete Seeger. To find more Mike Seeger recordings visit: Mike Seeger: Smithsonian Folkways: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy ( Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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2 min 57 sec
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