The Folk Issue, the second Sound American issue of 2020, celebrates and explores the intersections of experimental and folk music. Guest edited by Sarah Hennies and Anna Roberts-Gevalt–two of America's most forward-looking practitioners in experimental and folk music, respectively–this issue takes on questions of musical community and what it means to work inside and outside of its traditions.
The issue features writing by Ana Alonso-Minutti on La Llorona, Drew Daniel on Throbbing Gristle, Henry Flynt on his own violin practice, Suzanne Kite in conversation with Scott Benisiinaabandan, John McCowen interviewing Sean Meehan, Kurt Newman and Martin Arnold, Ian Nagoski on bird call impresario Charles Kellogg, and Anna Roberts-Gevalt's moving COVID diary and conversation with Meredith Monk and Peggy Seeger. This issue’s Exquisite Corpse is by vocalist and composer Amirtha Kidamb.
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