Bob Carlin collection, 1824-2003.

Creator: Carlin, Bob.
Collection number: 20050
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Abstract: Musician, music producer, author, and collector Bob Carlin was born in New York City in 1953. He has authored several books on southern music traditions, African American music, string bands, shape note singing, Primitive Baptist music, banjo music, and other topics, many having to do with the western Piedmont of North Carolina. He has also produced many recordings, including “African American Note Choirs of Alexander County, North Carolina” (2002). Sound recordings, research files, photographs, and other materials relating to Carlin’s work. Sound recordings are interviews and recording sessions from Carlin’s many projects and collections assembled by Tom Lowery, Fred Olson, and Olin Berrier that Carlin has preserved. There are also recordings of interviews and concerts that Carlin produced, 1977-1989, for WHYY in Philadelphia and for National Public Radio.Research files document musicians such as Gurney Peace, Glenn Davis, George Pegram, Kirk Sutphin, Olin Berrier, James Roy Arnold, Ruth Glee Arnold, Worth Winslow, the Spencer Brothers, Larry Davis, and others. Images are chiefly photocopies of original tintypes and photographs of performers including John C. Bray, George Pegram, and Marvin Gaster. There are also several posters, newspaper advertisements, and album covers.

Repository: Southern Folklife Collection

Collection Highlights: Interview with Preston Sylvester Fulp, blues guitarist in Walnut Cove, North Carolina, and family members.