Collection Number: 20536-z

Collection Title: Mike Hortig and Heinz Kratochwill Collection, 1981

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Archival processing of the Mike Hortig and Heinz Kratochwill Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 180 items
Abstract The Mike Hortig and Heinz Kratochwill Collection consists of field recordings and photographs of American blues musicians from 1981. Austrian boogie-woogie and blues pianist, Mike Hortig, compiled the materials with his friend, Heinz Kratochwill, during a four-week-long trip to the American South. The audio recordings and photographs capture blues pianists and guitarists, including Trenton Cooper, James "Son" Thomas, Boogie Bill Webb, Mott Willis, Sam Chatmon, and others. Also included in the collection is a handwritten track listing found with one of the field recordings.
Creator Hortig, Mike.

Kratochwill, Heinz.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Mike Hortig and Heinz Kratochwill Collection #20536-z, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mike Hortig, of Graz, Austria, in December 2016 (Acc. 102994).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Mike Hortig is a boogie-woogie and blues pianist from Graz, Austria that has been researching blues music since the 1970s. In May of 1980, Hortig met folklorist William R. Ferris at a celebration held at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss. At the event, Ferris introduced Hortig to artist and musician, James "Son" Thomas. Following his return to Austria, Hortig and his friend Heinz Kratochwill planned a four-week-long trip to the American South to record, interview, and photograph blues musicians. During their 1981 field recording trip, Hortig and Kratochwill visited twenty-eight musicians across the South and documented twenty-one of them. Some of their field recordings were issued on WOLF records in Vienna, Austria.

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The Mike Hortig and Heinz Kratochwill Collection consists of field recordings and photographs of American blues musicians from 1981. Austrian boogie-woogie and blues pianist, Mike Hortig, compiled the materials with his friend, Heinz Kratochwill, during a four-week-long trip to the American South. The audio recordings and photographs capture blues pianists and guitarists, including Trenton Cooper, James "Son" Thomas, Boogie Bill Webb, Mott Willis, Sam Chatmon, and others. Field recordings are on audiocassette and digitial audio files, while photographs consist of digital scans of color photographic prints. Also included in the collection is a handwritten track listing found with one of the field recordings.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981.

27 items.

Arrangement: Original order has been maintained.

Processing information: Audiocassette titles compiled from original containers; Tape 1 is presented as digital audio files. The original Tape 1 audiocassette is not housed at SFC. Original file names have been preserved.

Digital Folder DF-20536/1

Tape 1 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." DF-20536/1

15 audio files (.aiff)

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/1

Tape 2 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/1

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/2

Tape 3 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/2

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/3

Tape 4 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/3

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/4

Tape 5 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/4

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/5

Tape 6 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/5

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/6

Tape 7 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/6

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/7

Tape 8 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/7

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/8

Tape 9: Sam Chatmon; Son Thomas #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/8

Audiocassette

Folder 1

J-card: Tape 9 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." Folder 1

Handwritten track listing found with Tape 9 (FT-20536/8)

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/9

Tape 10 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/9

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/10

Tape 11 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/10

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/11

Tape 12 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/11

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20536/12

Tape 13 #20536-z, Series: "1. Field Recordings and Related Material, 1981." FS-20536/12

Audiocassette

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153 items.

Arrangement: Original order has been maintained.

Processing information: Photographs are presented as digital images. The original photographic prints are not housed at SFC. Original file names have been preserved.

Digital Folder DF-20536/2

Photographs #20536-z, Series: "2. Photographs, 1981." DF-20536/2

153 image files (.jpg)

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anne Wells, March 2017

Encoded by: Anne Wells, March 2017

Archival processing of the Mike Hortig and Heinz Kratochwill Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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