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Bookshelf: Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways

Read the Mix Review on the Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkway Book by Richard Carlin

(Smithsonian Books, 269 pages)

Engineer and musical archivist Moses Asch founded the Smithsonian Folkways label in the late 1940s as part of his ambitious effort to document all of the sounds and types of American roots music. Richard Carlin’s book documents Asch’s journey, as well as the evolution of recording technology that Asch experienced first-hand. Also included are numerous stories and photos of the artists he recorded.