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Roots Music
Program 318
Original Airdate: 3/7/1974

Subject Keywords
Afro-American musicians
Afro-American singers
Afro-American women
Blues (music)
Blues musicians
Music - Performance

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Jackson, John (musician)
Johnson, Larry
Spivey, Victoria

Program Description
Program focuses on three performers of "roots" (or blues) music, a community-based, Black art form originating in the United States. Host Topper Carew conducts a group interview with three blues musicians: Victoria Spivey (a New-York-City-based urban blues vocalist in the tradition of Bessie Smith), Larry Johnson (a New-York-City-based blues singer and acoustic guitarist), and John Jackson (a Virginia-based rural blues singer, who, like Leadbelly, accompanies himself on guitar). Program includes musical performances by each musician, including "Black Snake Blues" (Spivey), "Charlie Stone" (Johnson), "Key to the Highway" (Johnson), and "John Henry" (Jackson and Johnson). Interview segments revolve around the questions of how the musicians started playing, who their influences are, and African American musical traditions.

Topper Carew

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow

Conrad White

Topper Carew

John Jackson
Larry Johnson
Victoria Spivey

John Jackson (musician)
Larry Johnson (musician)
Victoria Spivey (musician)

June Cross (assistant to the producer)
Tony Davis (assistant to the producer)
Henry Johnson (filmmaker)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-01339
Preservation master digital beta cassette AP-01557A
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01557
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy 1/2" reel-to-reel videotape (item number not yet assigned)

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