I came across this short (and earnest) documentary on John Donald Robb which is worth watching if only to see the old pictures. The Musical Adventures of John Donald Robb in New Mexico Robb was a composer and folklorist who recorded 3000 examples of a variety of Hispanic folk music in New Mexico. There is an incredible online digital library of his field recordings, all free and worth wandering into right now.

I've written about this before. The University of New Mexico seems to have conveniently hidden it away so it is harder to find than it was, or at least it seemed that way to me.

I gather it is the 20th anniverdary of the John Donald Trust, which made the film. Now it all makes sense.

The film also a very earnest commentator who looks like William Macy and ends up being Robb’s grandson, an anthropologist at Berkeley.


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