Collection Number: 20076

Collection Title: Jay Anania Collection, 1973

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Archival processing of the Jay Anania Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 2 items
Abstract The Jay Anania Collection consists of audio recordings, 1973, featuring music and interviews from blues performers Arthur Jackson (1911-1977) and Henry Johnson. Filmmaker, Jay Anania, made the recordings while he was an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They were conducted in collaboration with folklorist and record producer, Bruce Bastin, as part of Anania's personal film project on Jackson. Commonly known as Peg Leg Sam, Jackson was an African American blues harmonica player and medicine show performer, from Jonesville, S.C. In his interview Jackson discusses his experiences in show business, medicine shows, radio broadcasting, and riding freight trains. The collection also contains an interview with Henry Johnson, an African American blues performer from Union, S.C. This recording primarily consists of Johnson playing and singing blues songs on guitar. Both Jackson's and Johnson's musical careers ranged from the mid-1930s to the mid-1970s.
Creator Anania, Jay.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
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Restrictions to Use
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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 Jay Anania Collection #20076, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
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Vincent (Jay) Anania heads the directing program at the graduate film school at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has been making films since the mid-1970s. After working in experimental forms for several years, he began making documentaries for television, primarily for PBS and ABC. His documentary films covered political subjects throughout the Third World, including Northwest Pakistan, The Phillipines, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Ethiopia, Sudan, Malawi, Egypt, and the South Pacific. Anania shot, directed, edited, and wrote his docuemtaries, and often worked as a one man crew.

Anania continues to make documentaries on cultural and political subjects, but has also, since the mid-1990s, begun writing, directing and editing narrative features. His dramatic features include: The Pagan Book of Arthur Rimbaud (1995), Long Time Since (1997), The Citized (1999), The Girl Under the Waves (2001), Her Name is Carla (2003), Day on Fire (2006), Drinking Sand (2008), Shadows and Lies (2010), and The Letter (2012).

Biography courtesy of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts

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The Jay Anania Collection consists of 2 open reel audio recordings, 1973, featuring music and interviews from blues performers Arthur Jackson (1911-1977) and Henry Johnson. Filmmaker, Jay Anania, made the recordings while he was an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They were conducted in collaboration with folklorist and record producer, Bruce Bastin, as part of Anania's personal film project on Jackson. Commonly known as Peg Leg Sam, Jackson was an African American blues harmonica player and medicine show performer, from Jonesville, S.C. In his interview Jackson discusses his experiences in show business, medicine shows, radio broadcasting, and riding freight trains. The collection also contains an interview with Henry Johnson, an African American blues performer from Union, S.C. This recording primarily consists of Johnson playing and singing blues songs on guitar. Both Jackson's and Johnson's musical careers ranged from the mid-1930s to the mid-1970s.

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Contents list

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2 items.

Arrangement: Original order maintained.

Titles and descriptions compiled from original containers and field notes.

Field notes for these recordings reside in Folder 406 within the Southern Folklife Collection Field Notes Collection (#30025).

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20076/242

Henry Johnson vocal and guitar, Carrboro, N.C., March 1973 #20076, Series: "Jay Anania Collection, 1973." FT-20076/242

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Jay Anania

Identified songs performed by Henry Johnson include "Please Don't You Drive Me Away," "Till I Found the Lord," "Way Down In That Old Churchyard," and "Crow Jane"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20076/243

Peg Leg Sam interview, Carrboro, N.C., March 1973 #20076, Series: "Jay Anania Collection, 1973." FT-20076/243

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recorded by Jay Anania

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, March 2016

Archival processing of the Jay Anania Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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