Summary
Collection ID:
Accession 14-297
Creators:
Smithsonian Productions
Dates:
1995-1998
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
48.5 cu. ft. (45 record storage boxes) (7 document boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
This accession documents the production of "The Mississippi: River of Song." This project combined a television series, radio series, and compact disc (CD) set. The project as a whole explores the richness and vitality of American music at the close of the twentieth century through live performances and intimate discussions with musicians along the course of the Mississippi River.
The 4-part television series aired on the Public Broadcasting Service beginning in January 1999. Episodes include "Americans Old and New," "Midwestern Crossroads," "Southern Fusion," and "Louisiana, Where Music is King." The series takes viewers on a musical journey from the headwaters in northern Minnesota to the river's mouth in the Gulf of Mexico, creating a portrait of the American musician along the way. All scenes were shot live on location and feature musicians that represent the regional culture.
The 7-part radio series aired on Public Radio International affiliates beginning in January 1999. The radio series is similar in content to the television series and is hosted by Ani DiFranco. Episodes include "Land of Lakes and Cultures;" "Midwestern Crossroads," "Sounds Around Saint Louis," "Memphis Rhythm and Delta Blues," "Rockin' Round the Water," "Musical Bayous and Traditional Melodies," and "The Beat of New Orleans."
The 2-CD set consists of 36 tracks of live recordings from 1995 through 1997 and is subtitled "A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi." The CDs feature contemporary musicians who have forged their styles out of the rich musical heritage found along the banks of the Mississippi River. The CDs were distributed through Smithsonian Folkways beginning in 1998.
Materials in this accession include original film negatives and audio and video originals, masters, safety copies, and transfers of performances, interviews, and scenery. Also included are interview transcripts, logs, databases, tape lists, and other documentation of the audiovisual elements. Some materials are in electronic format.

Notes
SI Records

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 14-297, Smithsonian Productions, Productions
Access Restriction
Special restrictions on use of these materials may apply. Viewing/listening copies are not currently available, but can be made for a fee, Transferring office; 4/10/2002 memorandum, Peters to SIA; Contact reference staff for details.

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The Mississippi: River of Song (Television program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Mississippi: River of Song (Radio program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Mississippi: River of Song: A Musical Journey Down the Mississippi (Compact disc : 1998) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Mississippi: River of Song: Americans Old and New (Television program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Mississippi: River of Song: Midwestern Crossroads (Television program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Mississippi: River of Song: Southern Fusion (Television program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Mississippi: River of Song: Louisiana, Where Music is King (Television program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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The Mississippi: River of Song: Sounds Around Saint Louis (Radio program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Mississippi: River of Song: Memphis Rhythm and Delta Blues (Radio program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Mississippi: River of Song: Rockin' Round the Water (Radio program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
The Mississippi: River of Song: Musical Bayous and Traditional Melodies (Radio program : 1999) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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