Harry Smith Would Have Been 90 Years Old Today

Here’s Dizzy Gillespie, in 1947, playing “Manteca”. – click here

Here’s Harry Smith‘s transcription of the tune. Each paint stroke represents a musical note

Here’s another of Harry’s extraordinary art works, an Untitled work, pastel on paper, from circa 1978, based on a series of 12 Zodiac designs

Harry, the painter, Harry, the film-maker (so far ahead of his time!). Here are the first of his “Early Abstractions”

Here’s another manifestation of the man, celebration of his exemplary collection of “string figures”

Harry Smith – Photo by Job Palmer – courtesy Harry Smith Archives

Here is Richard “Rabbit” Brown singing “James Alley Blues”

As we reported here, Harry’s archive (or, anyway, a significant part of it) was recently acquired by the Getty Research Institute

Extraordinary to contemplate, Harry Smith would’ve been 90 today. In honor of the occasion there’s a celebration in New York at the Ace Hotel  (there were earlier celebrations, earlier this month, in his birth-place, Oregon).

Thinking of you, Harry. For further notices on Harry on the Ginsberg Project, see here, here and here.

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