#31 - The Oracle of the East Village - Harry Smith 

Welcome to Episode 31, “The Oracle of the East Village,” featuring filmmaker, painter, musical ethnographer, and occult magician, Harry Smith (1923-1991). Smith is best known for his influential 6-LP Anthology of American Folk Music, as well as his experimental films and paintings, all of which he designed according to esoteric correspondence systems. Smith also helped document the musical rites of the indigenous Lummi and Kiowa communities, and the religious chants of New York Rabbi Naftali Zvi Margolies Abulafia, as well as the music of The Fugs and Allen Ginsberg. And connecting these luminous branches was a magically rooted trunk, as Smith was a lifelong practitioner of ceremonial magic. Welcome to the unknown body of Americana…

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  • shelley
    shelley nyc
    another great one Matt. funny..according to this he lived in the same hotel, The Chelsea Hotel on 23rd St.as Bertoltt Brecht's son Stefan who turned me on to so much great music and art when I was 20 ..Stefan controlled the estate of his father..but he was more interested in other work than Bertolts..I wonder why Smith didnt get more of Bertolts work.

    another great one Matt.
    funny..according to this he lived in the same hotel, The Chelsea Hotel on 23rd St.as Bertoltt Brecht's son Stefan who turned me on to so much great music and art when I was 20 ..Stefan controlled the estate of his father..but he was more interested in other work than Bertolts..I wonder why Smith didnt get more of Bertolts work.

  • Matt Marble
    Matt Marble
    Thanks Shelley! That's lovely you're friends with Stefan. Goodness, the Chelsea is a wondrous place :)

    Thanks Shelley! That's lovely you're friends with Stefan. Goodness, the Chelsea is a wondrous place smile

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