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Studs Terkel interviews Doc Watson about his music career. The interview includes recordings and live sections of different songs that have shaped his career.
Studs Terkel interviews and discusses the history and cultural significance of folk music with Doc Watson. Topics include Watson's personal history and biography, the origins of some of the songs he sings, sacred music.
Shel Silverstein discusses his books and children's literature, and art. Shel Silverstein discusses his contemporaries, art, and life experiences.
Terkel comments and presents the Old Town school of folk music
Folk singer Odetta discusses her music; her songs "Another Man Done Gone," "Riding in My Car (Car Song)," "Gallows Pole," "Kaeshite Okure Ima Suguni," "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and "Whyn Why" are played throughout the program.
Margaret Barry and Michael Gorman, discuss traditional Irish music and their careers as musicians.
Lino Chavez and his Mexican Folk Ensemble discuss, through a translator, Mexican culture and music and perform their song "El Jarabe" at 2:50, "El Tilingo" at 13:50, "Maria Chuchena" at 23:05, "El Cascabel" at 29:31, "La Bamba" at 38:39, and "El Ahualulco" at 47:55. These songs have been removed from this recording.
Music producer John Hammond and jazz critic for Down Beat magazine John McDonough discuss: Hammond's career; the artists he worked with; the artists he was the first to sign; social reform; and more. The following musical excerpts are played: "7 Come 11"; "Sauce"; "Talking Union"; "Blowing In the Wind"; "Today I Sing The Blues"; and "Live Embers".
Joan Baez speaks with Studs Terkel about role of music and the responsibility of musicians in the specific historical moment of the late '60's.