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Title: Sounding for Harry Smith
Author(s)/Editor(s): Bret Lunsford
Publisher: Knw-Yr-Own
Pages: 232
Dimensions: 220 x 260 mm
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2021
Pacific Northwest musician-historian Bret Lunsford (Beat Happening/D+) unravels a string of mysteries to reveal the avant-garde shards of a 20th century alchemist in his hometown.

Filmmaker, painter, anthropologist, musicologist and occultist Harry Everett Smith (1923-1991) was a boyhood resident of Anacortes, Washington for ten years of the Great Depression. Sounding for Harry Smith: Early Pacific Northwest Influences is a visually compelling oral history-based biography that immerses the reader in Salish Sea traditions and discord to explore the myths of a countercultural shaman whose strange impacts on art, music and film resound from studies of place to beat improvisation, through brain paintings to a Grammy Award for his folk music bible.

Foreword by John Szwed and Preface by Phil Elverum (Microphones, Mount Eerie).

“What’s striking about Bret Lunsford‘s portrait of Harry Smith is that it brings to the foreground what most arts biographers ignore or treat as scenery: the community in which the artist first emerged. This book is the fullest vision of Smith’s early years we’ll ever likely see. Lunsford writes as a native who knew people in Smith’s life who were still alive. As a local artist, he fathoms the deep history of the arts in Anacortes. Again, acting as a local historian he found documents, newspapers, pictures, scrapbooks, yearbooks, and letters that illuminate Smith’s childhood and also give us a biography of the city.”
—From the Foreword by John Szwed

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Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 220 × 260 × 20 mm