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Rakes and Revolutions


Broadsides and Banjos: The Folk Music Revival

A screening of several short films on the social adaptations of American Folk Music.

Discovering American Folk Music (1969)
Directed by Bernard Wilets, 22 min.

A brief review of the development of American folk music from its African and English roots, as demonstrated by tracing the history of one ballad from its original British version, through its journey across America.

Village Sunday (1960)
Directed by Stewart Wilensky, 13 min.
A docudrama that captures the spirit of Greenwich Village on a Sunday afternoon, featuring musicians, poets, and artists in and around Washington Square Park.
The Last Rally (1976)
Directed by Shridhar Bapat, Mark Brownstone, Karen Edwards, and Joe Loguidice, 31 min.
Shot in Central Park on May 11, 1975, this film captures the activists who staged a free concert to recognize the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, including Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, and Patti Smith.



This program is part of a new series, RHAPSODIC CITY: MUSIC OF NEW YORK devoted to exploring some of the unique musical stories of the 20th century.