- Harry Everett Smith (left) and Patti Smith (right).
- Harry Smith. Photo: Allen Ginsberg.
- Still from Film #18: Mahagony, 1970-80 (restored 2002), 141 min., 35 mm, color, sound.
- Photo of Harry Smith at Jimbo's Bop City, ca. 1950. Photo by Hy Hirsh, courtesy of Harry Smith Archives.
- Manteca, ca. 1948, courtesy Harry Smith Archives.
- Stills from Film #1: A Strange Dream, ca. 1946-48, 2 min. 20 sec., 16mm, color, sound.
- Still from Film #12: Heaven and Earth Magic, ca. 1957-62, 66 min., 16mm, black & white, sound.
- Photo of Harry Smith with his brain drawings, San Francisco, ca. 1950. Photo by Hy Hirsh, courtesy of Harry Smith Archives.
Smith on Smith
Filmmaker, musicologist, ethnographer, bohemian, and occultist, Harry Smith was one of the most original artists and unusual thinkers in postwar American culture. His Anthology of American Folk Music, a collection of early folk and blues, was a seminal text in the folk revival movement, and has gone on to inspire countless generations of musicians and roots music fans. While living at New York’s Chelsea Hotel during the 1970s, Smith was part of a milieu of underground artists, musicians, and writers, including Allen Ginsberg, Robert Mapplethorpe, Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin. It was there that he also met the visionary poet and singer Patti Smith, who remained a close friend and colleague until Harry Smith’s passing in 1991. Please join Patti Smith and friends for a night of film, live music, and remembrance as we celebrate the publication of Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular.
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