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William Ferris: the folklorist who made black America immortal

Going from farm to front porch across America’s south in the 1960s, William Ferris recorded everything from praying pigs to haunting blues – a political act, he says, at a time when black voices were being silencedIn the summer of 1968, as the wider world reacted in shock and protest to war and assassination and attacks on civil rights, a young, white, Mississippi folklorist named Bill Ferris roamed the back roads of his home state, looking for the blues. “I thought of it as a political act in the face...

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Published By: theguardian.com - Wednesday, 13 June