Harry Smith: American Magus
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Harry Smith (1923–1991) was an experimental filmmaker, music anthologist, spiritual outsider, AND one of the most original & influential artists of the mid-century American avant-garde. A shamanistic resurrector of old American blues and hillbilly recordings, and lover of bebop jazz, Smith “crossed paths with nearly everyone central to the cultural avant-garde” but “lived for art and gnosis with little thought for practical consequences.” This is an expanded edition of poet Paola Igliori’s intimate interviews with the filmmakers, musicians, poets, and artists who knew him best.
2022; paperback; 6 x 9 inches; 328 pages, 21 color illustrations, 115 b&w illustrations; ISBN: 9781635901641.