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John Cohen on Roscoe Holcomb and The High & Lonesome Sound

John Cohen speaking at photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe, NM

We were delighted to have John Cohen visit photo-eye and give a fascinating talk on his new book from Steidl, The High & Lonesome Sound. Cohen recounts the origins of his project and meeting Holcomb, who was to become a prominent figure in Appalachian folk music. Cohen also mentions how his access to The Beats helped fund his initial trip to Kentucky, the process of publishing the book with renowned photobook publisher Gerhard Steidl, and finishes by playing a few songs on a borrowed banjo.



"The High and Lonesome Sound combines Cohen’s vintage photos, film and musical recordings as well as an anecdotal text into a multimedia tribute to this underappreciated legend of American music whose every performance was in Cohen’s words 'not just a rendition of music, but a test of something to be overcome.'” -- the publisher

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