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feel so good this mornin' ... gon' be downloadin' all night long
August 10, 2013 1:25 AM   Subscribe

"Folk Music in America" is a series of 15 LP records published by the Library of Congress between 1976 and 1978 to celebrate the bicentennial of the American Revolution. It was curated by librarian/collector-cum-discographer Richard K. Spottswood, and funded by a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. It's absolutely fantastic. And here it is.
posted by flapjax at midnite (21 comments total) 145 users marked this as a favorite

 
NOTE: I found the big all-15-LPs package to be a pretty slow download, so... be patient, kids! It's well worth the wait!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:27 AM on August 10, 2013


all the favorites you see piling up here should be regarded as multiplicative, in that each user who favorites this also favorites on my behalf, and on the behalf of all other favorting users. which means you should regard the favorites count as a geometrically larger number than the one you see in your browser.

It helps keep things on the DL.
posted by mwhybark at 1:36 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I've always loved you flapjax, and now I recall why.
posted by Abiezer at 3:27 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


BECAUSE YOU ARE AWESOME IS WHY.
posted by louche mustachio at 4:35 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


One of the things I love about living in the Washington DC area is being able to tune into WAMU Bluegrass Radio while driving around in my Obsolete Vehicle That Only Plays Radio and Cassette Tapes. Dick Spottswood's Obsolete Music Hour is one of the things that keeps me from losing my shit when my daughter misses her bus at oh-dark-thirty and I have to drive her to the high school. How excellent that this was published by the Library of Congress and hence is in the public domain!
posted by drlith at 4:45 AM on August 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


Many thanks flapjax!
posted by carter at 5:00 AM on August 10, 2013


A good thing to wake up to.
posted by Going To Maine at 6:21 AM on August 10, 2013


Holy shit what a gold mine. Thanks, flapjax.
posted by mediareport at 6:29 AM on August 10, 2013


Another great one ! Thank you !
posted by nicolin at 6:49 AM on August 10, 2013


I'm chief engineer for a new community radio station in Ames, IA- KHOI FM- and we're gonna be playing this ASAP. Awesome is not enuff to describe it!
(http://www.khoifm.org/)
Thank you, Flapjax!
posted by drhydro at 6:57 AM on August 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is stellar. Great Tumblr too. Many thanks, Flapjax.
posted by the sobsister at 7:34 AM on August 10, 2013


That Tarantella on disc five is amazing. And it's from 1917?!
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:41 AM on August 10, 2013


Can someone who's got the whole thing downloaded author a torrent? This "8 hours to complete" thing is not my favorite.
posted by Myca at 9:02 AM on August 10, 2013


Wow, the site has other great stuff, like this.
posted by mwhybark at 9:10 AM on August 10, 2013


Dude, seriously. This is amazing. Thanks.
posted by LooseFilter at 10:08 AM on August 10, 2013


Now that it's openly downloadable, I expect the RIAA to find something it can put a claim on in 5... 4... 3...

So I'm getting it NOW.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:53 AM on August 10, 2013


For those who want a tracklisting in advance, you can find it at the LoC here.
posted by Miko at 3:30 PM on August 10, 2013


I don't know why people are complaining about the speed, I downloded the 1.2 GB full package in 3-4 minutes. Let me know if anyone wants a torrent.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 3:41 PM on August 10, 2013


...and what torrent tracker I should use. I'd default to the Pirate Bay, but some people might have that blocked.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 3:42 PM on August 10, 2013


If Pirate Bay is ok, I've made a torrent here, I'll be seeding for a few days at least.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 3:59 PM on August 10, 2013


Oh. Good.
Good.

Thanks.
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