An interview with John Roth

In 2010, Minneapolis-based writer and curator Joan Rothfuss recommended arts attorney John Roth to the CLHP, proving once again our belief that exactly the right people come along at exactly the right time in the course of this project. (Lena, are you continuing to book people up there?) For 31 years, John has focused his legal work entirely on the arts and publishing.  He is one of the founders of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, an international organization that produces and tours museum exhibitions of photography.  He knows publishing from all sides, since he has represented numerous authors as well as publishing companies, and has dealt with the full range of publishing houses,from the very small to the largest, including Random House....

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CLHP Intern Blog: Hannah Rank

Working with the Caffè Lena History Project this summer has reassured my belief that important causes can endure the test of time.  As the Caffè marches through 50+ years, a lot has changed, but its purpose remains to support folk music and community values. It continues to preserve an important history about a community that has consistently promoted important messages about equality and togetherness. The fact that the Caffè still stands is a testament to that message. In transcribing interviews from the Caffè Lena Oral History Collection of the performers at Caffè Lena throughout the years, I kept hearing over and over how much they felt Pete Seeger influenced them as musicians, but also as fellow members of the Folk Revival Movement. I couldn’t help but...

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