Music & Film

Pete Seeger, 1986.

"All Music Is Folk Music"

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings may soon be coming to a computer near you


What is This Thing Called Love?

A new movie explores composer Cole Porter's consummate musical gifts and his remarkable, unorthodox marriage

A Love Letter Set to Music

The night a teenager met the girl of his dreams 50 years ago, the stars were bright above

Northworth and Von Tilzer's song was recorded some 100 times by artists such as Frank Sinatra and today's Dr. John.

Baseball’s Anthem for All Ages

In 1908, an improbable pair of music men hit a tuneful home run without ever having seen a game

Monty Python’s Flying Circus

And Now For Something Completely Different

"Monty Python's Flying Circus" went on to conquer America


Saving the Music Tree

Artists and instrument makers have banded together to rescue Brazil's imperiled pernambuco, the source of bows for violins, violas and cellos


Magic Wand

Clarinetist Artie Shaw's recordings recall the nostalgic power of the big-band sound

Born on January 31, 1937 in Baltimore, Phillip Glass began studying music at age 6.

Meet Phillip Glass

From opera halls to neighborhood movie theaters, Philip Glass attracts an enormous audience many of whom have never listened to classical music


Seeing Sylvia Plath

A new movie rekindles curiosity about the poet's life, love and suicide at age 30


Folk Art Jubilee

Self-taught artists and their fans mingle each fall at Alabama's up close and personal Kentuck Festival

Minnie Pearl 1965


Homely country togs defined a beloved Grand Ole Opry stalwart


Just the Right Touch

By introducing a note of modesty, Marilyn Monroe's gloves actually heightened her come-hither allure


Manhattan Mayhem

Martin Scorsese's realistic portrayal of pre-Civil War strife Gangs of New York re-creates the brutal street warfare waged between immigrant groups



A summer festival showcases the wit and artistry of the musical-theater master, drawing "nuts" from all over


Yo-Yo Ma's Other Passion

In celebrating the cultures of the ancient Silk Road, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has found a second calling


Very Verdi

One hundred years after the maestro's death, the Italian composer reigns, very operatically, in the hearts of music lovers everywhere


Tarzan the Eternal

From the restless imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs sprang the most timeless of screen characters


The Piano Wars


Inside Bollywood!

Bombay's movie industry is India's dream machine. Each year it churns out hundreds of wild and gaudy spectacles


Libba Cotten's Guitar

Left-handed, she taught herself to play, wrote the folk classic "Freight Train" and sang into her 90s

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