Former Distinguished Professor, Ethnomusicology and Director, Ethnomusicology Archive
Amerindian music of Latin America; Anglo-American folk music; music of protest and struggle in the U.S.; archives; the recording industry; music and ethnicity; music and politics; music education.
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Chicago; M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago; B.A. Social Relations, Harvard University
Anthony Seeger's CV (pdf)
Anthony Seeger is the author of Why Suyá Sing: A Musical Anthropology of an Amazonian People, Cambridge University Press, 1987 and co-editor of Early Field Recordings: A Catalogue of the Cylinder Collections at the Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music (Indiana University Press, 1987). His numerous published articles have focused on issues of land and human rights for Brazilian Indians, issues of archiving and intellectual property, and ethnomusicological theory and method. Recent articles appear in The United States and Canada: The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Vol 3; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Second Edition, Vol 1; and Folk Heritage Collections in Crisis, Washington DC: Council on Library and Information Resources. Seeger served as Director of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings at the Smithsonian Institution from 1988 to 2000. He served as Director of the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University and as a professor in the Department of Anthropology from 1982 to 1988. He was a researcher and professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro from 1975 to 1982. Seeger was Executive Producer of all recordings issued on the Smithsonian Folkways label between 1988 and 2000, a total of about 250 recordings. He also wrote five half-hour shows on American Folk Music that were broadcast on the BBC in 1998.