Howard Finster: Man of Many Voices

“Here is Howard Finster’s children’s record”—so begins the liner notes for Man of Many Voices. This recording will be of great interest to anyone who wants to learn more about legendary preacher, folksinger, storyteller, and acclaimed vernacular artist Howard Finster. Recorded at his studio in Paradise Garden in 1984, Finster is at his most relaxed and endearing as he tells stories of his adventures as both a young and old man. The album features spoken-word yarns, songs, and animal calls (hollers) of all sorts. The liner notes, written by educator, old-time musician, and producer Art Rosenbaum, include the complete transcription of Finster’s storytelling.

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RECORD LABEL Folkways Records
SOURCE ARCHIVE Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
COPYRIGHT 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1985 Folkways Records
GENRE(S) Children’s
COUNTRY(S) United States
CULTURE GROUP(S) Anglo-American
SUBJECT(S) Animal calls; Games; Music–Juvenile; Riddles; Sound effects; Verbal arts
Howard Finster – Artist; Cover Artwork
Margo N. Rosenbaum – Photographer


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