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Collection Number: 20321

Collection Title: Gary Kenton Collection, 1971-1989 (20321)

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Size 17 items
Abstract Gary Kenton is a music critic, editor, and teacher of Greensboro, N.C. The collection consists of interviews conducted or collected, 1971-1989, by Kenton with music industry executive and founder of Folkways Records Moses Asch, his family members, and his business associates, many of whom were important figures in folk music and in the folk revival movement. Included in this group are folksingers Elizabeth Cotten, Jean Ritchie, and Pete Seeger, and Harry Smith, compiler of the Anthology of American Folk Music. Interviews are largely focused on Asch's life and work.
Creator Kenton, Gary, 1950-
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Gary Kenton Collection #20321, Southern Folklife Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Gary Kenton of Greensboro, N.C., on 4 August 2000 (Acc. 98704).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Gary Kenton was born 23 July 1950 in Roslyn, N.Y. He attended Boston University from 1968 to 1970. In the summer of 1969, Kenton started work as music review editor at Fusion Magazine. He stayed at Fusion until 1973, when he was recruited by Barry Kramer, publisher of Creem, a Detroit-based music magazine. As editor of Creem, Kenton worked with noted rock and roll critics Lester Bangs, Dave Marsh, and others. In 1974, he moved to New York City where he began working for various record companies as a writer and publicist before starting his own public relations company.

It was as a journalist that Kenton came into contact with Moses Asch, co-founder of Folkways Records. For several years in the early 1980s, he conducted interviews with Moe, his family members, and his business associates for a biography while arranging for other journalists to do stories on Folkways and Folkways releases.

In the mid-1980s, Kenton moved to North Carolina to raise a family and began work as editor of a start-up weekly newspaper in Greensboro. Motivated by his son's autism, he earned his B.A. in special education from Greensboro College in 1994. Kenton lives in Greensboro, where he works as a special education teacher at a large urban high school.

Moses Asch (1905-1986) was a Polish-born record industry executive and the son of noted Yiddish author Sholem Asch. Asch got started in the music business by installing sound equipment in Yiddish theaters in New York City. In 1939, he began to issue records under the Asch label. His great interest was folk music, and he made recordings of Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Josh White, Burl Ives, and others. With partner Marian Distler, he started the Folkways label in 1947. Eventually he published more than 2,000 albums, documenting traditional music from around the world.

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Interviews conducted or collected, 1971-1989, by Gary Kenton with music industry executive and founder of Folkways Records Moses Asch, his family members, and his business associates, many of whom were important figures in folk music and in the folk revival movement. Included in this group are folksingers Elizabeth Cotten, Jean Ritchie, and Pete Seeger, and Harry Smith, compiler of the Anthology of American Folk Music. Interviews are largely focused on Asch's life and work.

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Contents list

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17 items.

Arrangement: original order has been maintained.

Interviews conducted or collected, 1971-1989, by Gary Kenton with music industry executive and founder of Folkways Records Moses Asch, his family members, and his business associates, many of whom were important figures in folk music and in the folk revival movement. Included in this group are folksingers Elizabeth Cotten, Jean Ritchie, and Pete Seeger, and Harry Smith, compiler of the Anthology of American Folk Music. Interviews are largely focused on Asch's life and work.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5096

Interview with Moses Asch from Tony Schwartz, 11 March 1971: tape 1 of 2 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5096

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5097

Interview with Moses Asch from Tony Schwartz, 11 March 1971: tape 2 of 2 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5097

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5098

Interview with Moses Asch by Gary Kenton, November 1982 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5098

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5099

WKRC interview with Moses Asch by Robert Woolis and Ashley Kahn, 18 January 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5099

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5101

Interview with Pete Seeger by Gary Kenton, 25 March 1983; Interview with Moses Asch by Gary Kenton, 11 April 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5101

Side A: Interview with Pete Seeger by Gary Kenton, 25 March 1983

Side B: Interview with Moses Asch by Gary Kenton, 11 April 1983

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5102

Interview with John Asch by Gary Kenton, 20 March 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5102

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5103

Interview with Michael Asch by Gary Kenton #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5103

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5105

Interview with Ronald Clyne, 28 June 1983; Interview with Jean Ritchie part 1, 29 June 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5105

Side A: Interview with Ronald Clyne, 28 June 1983

Side B: Interview with Jean Ritchie part 1, 29 June 1983

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5106

Interview with Jean Ritchie part 2, June 1983; Interview with Sally Russo, November 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5106

Side A: Interview with Jean Ritchie part 2, June 1983

Side B: Interview with Sally Russo, November 1983

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5107

Interview with Harold Courlander by Gary Kenton, May 1989 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5107

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5108

Interview with Sam Goody by Gary Kenton, 4 June 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5108

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5109

Interview with George Mendelssohn by Gary Kenton, 14 June 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5109

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5110

Interview with Fred Ramsey, Jr. by Gary Kenton, 15 September 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5110

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5111

Interview with Tony Schwartz by Gary Kenton, 18 April 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5111

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5112

Interview with Irwin Silber by Gary Kenton, 20 June 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5112

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5113

Interview with Harry Smith by Gary Kenton, Breslin Hotel, 1 March 1983 #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5113

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20291/5114

Interview with Harry Smith by Gary Kenton; Telephone interview with Elizabeth Cotten by Gary Kenton #20321, Series: "Interviews, 1971-1989." FS-20291/5114

Side A: Interview with Harry Smith by Gary Kenton

Side B: Interview with Elizabeth Cotten by Gary Kenton

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Audiocassettes (FS-5096-5099, FS-5101-5103, FS-5105-5114)

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Processing Information

Processed by: Steven Weiss, February 2001

Encoded by: Steven Weiss, February 2001

Updated by: Anne Wells, June 2017

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