Dena Epstein had a huge influence on many of us. She was a friend of our
family -- her husband Morton, a chemist, did research for my dad -- and
when "Sinful Tunes and Spirituals" was published, I devoured it; the
book changed the way I looked at folklore and American culture.
On 4/24/2013 10:21 AM, Nelson-Strauss, Brenda wrote:
> I'm pleased to forward this message about a new film featuring a dear friend and colleague, the indefatigable Dena Epstein.
> Brenda Nelson-Strauss
> From: Michael Ochs [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:43 AM
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> Subject: [MLA-L] The Librarian and the Banjo
> Apologies for cross-posting.
> THE LIBRARIAN AND THE BANJO is the title of a new film about the life and legacy of music librarian and musicologist Dena Epstein. In studying the history of slave music in the United States, Dena documented that, contrary to popular opinion, the banjo was brought to this country by slaves. The 56-minute documentary was premiered April 14 at the Wisconsin Film Festival to excellent reviews and will soon be available on DVD. Further information may be found at the Web site of the film's maker, Jim Carrier (http://jimcarrier.com/). Dena's biography and a list of her publications appears in Grove Music Online.
> Michael Ochs