Video – Thriving in Crisis: The Chick Webb Orchestra and the Great Depression

Thank you to Professor Christi Jay Wells for this seminar on Saturday, May 30, 2020. ⭐For ESL, you can follow along with the script here. ⭐The full dissertation can be found here. Here is the video: About our guest speaker, Christi Jay Wells Ph.D. Christopher J. “Christi Jay” Wells is assistant professor of musicology at […]

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Situating the Frankie Manning Foundation within the Context of Community Archives

Guest post by Zoë Webb Click here to view the document   Existing literature is full of many, many articles attempting to define “community,” “archives,” and “community archives,” and exploring the reasons for–and value of–community archives. To sum up these articles, community archives exist because the community concerned feels either underrepresented or misrepresented within mainstream […]

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Swingin’ Réunion – an event recap by Ewa “W” Burak

The following was written by  Ewa “W” Burak, lindy hop dancer, instructor, and former member of The Rhythm Hot Shots, Sweden who recently returned from teaching at Swingin’ Réunion along with Lennart Westerlund. Reunion Island Oct 12-14, 2018 I have always been fascinated by the helicopter perspective. What in the moments seems to be random events look different from […]

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Guest Post: Vote for Hellzapoppin’ for the National Film Preservation Board

Guest post by Ricardo Ferraro   The internet has plenty of posts related to relevant lindy hop dance movies. But, what if there was a program to preserve the original copies of these movies ? Indeed, there is one: The Library Of Congress Film Registry from the Library Of Congress National Film Preservation Board. And the […]

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