Friday, March 09, 2012

Don Fleming on The Colbert Report!

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Flowering Toilet favorite Don Fleming was featured on The Colbert Report last night along with some lady named Emmylou Harris and a guy named Elvis Costello (somebody might want to let this Costello fellow know there was another guy named Elvis who was pretty darned famous).

Fleming appeared on Colbert to promote his work with The Alan Lomax Archive and the Association for Cultural Equity, which is one of America's true national treasures:
The Alan Lomax Archive and the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) is pleased to announce the launch of the ACE Online Archive — the fulfillment of over a decade of the restoration, digitization, and cataloging of Alan Lomax's life's work. Considered America’s foremost folklorist, Lomax devoted seven decades to documentation, research, and advocating for cause of cultural equity, which he defined as "the right of every culture to express and develop its distinctive heritage." The ACE Online Archive includes nearly 17,000 full-streaming audio field-recordings, totaling over eight hundred hours, collected by Lomax between 1946 and 1991; scans of 5,000 photographic prints and negatives; sixteen hours of vintage radio transcriptions; and ninety hours of interviews, discussions, and lectures by Alan Lomax and his colleagues. Each media collection can be browsed as well as searched, and is accompanied by detailed descriptions.

Materials from the sound, photograph and video collections have been used in film, television, and print; Martin Scorsese and the Coen brothers are among the filmmakers who have utilized them. Alan Lomax’s field recordings have been used as samples in many modern compositions, including Moby’s "Natural Blues," from the album Play, and in the new Bruce Springsteen album Wrecking Ball, which features samples from Lomax’s archive on two of the songs, "Death to My Hometown" and “Rocky Ground.” Additional sessions will be added to the ACE Online Archive when restoration and cataloging is complete. These will include Lomax's 1954–55 Italian and 1985 Louisiana expeditions and several of his collections made under the auspices of the Library of Congress; among them his 1937 Haiti and Eastern Kentucky collections.

ACE Online Archive homepage
Sound Collection Guide
Photograph Collection Guide
Alan Lomax Archive and the Association for Cultural Equity

Perhaps next time Stephen will have Don on his show for a long-awaited Velvet Monkeys reunion featuring original drummer Dr. Rhythm.

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