Worlds of Sound: The Ballad of Folkway Records

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Worlds of Sound © Smithsonian Channel


Smithsonian Channel

Genre Documentary | Production Company Spark Media (USA) | Producer Andrea Kalin, Stephanie Daniels | Executive Producer Charles Poe, David Royle | Associated Producer Alicia Melton | TV Director Andrea Kalin, Stephanie Melton | Narrator Pete Seeger | Camera Mark Smith | Editor Stephanie Daniels, David Grossbach | Author David Taylor, Andrea Kalin | Source video/audio HD/Dolby surround 5.1 | Recorded Year 2009 | Duration 46' 30"

Worlds of Sounds: The Ballad of Folkways tells how Folkways Records founder Moses Asch turned the music business model on its head. He avoided hit makers and catered to unknown musicians. Asch dug into vanishing traditions around the world to harness music and sounds that inspire people. Artists like Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly can still be heard on this original indie label that, for over sixty years, has made good on its mission of gathering sound and spreading it to the people.