seeger Anthony Seeger

Emeritus Professor, Former Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology, and former Director, Ethnomusicology Archive
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Chicago; M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago; B.A. Social Relations, Harvard University

Anthony Seeger's CV (pdf)


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.

Anthony Seeger is the author of Why Suyá Sing: A Musical Anthropology of an Amazonian People, Cambridge University Press, 1987 and co-editor of Archives for the Future: Global Perspectives on Audiovisual Archives in the 21st Century, Seagull Press 2004) and other books and edited volumes. His numerous published articles have focused on issues of land and human rights for Brazilian Indians, issues of archiving, intellectual property, intangible cultural heritage, and ethnomusicological theory and method (for a complete list click on the cv link above).  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. He has also served as President of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Secretary General of the International Council for Traditional Music, Vice President of the Brazilian Association for Ethnomusicology, and was co-founder of the Research Archive Section of the Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives. He is currently a Research Associate at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage of the Smithsonian Institution.

Who Owns Music and Why You Should Care (2012)

Interview with Anthony Seeger, UCLA Center for Oral History Research (2012)

Artistshousemusic interview (2012)