To Hear Your Banjo Play

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The story of Pete Seeger and the birth of banjo music throughout the Southern United States. Written by Alan Lomax and directed by Irving Lerner, this short feature includes performances from Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Baldwin Hawes, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Texas Gladden, and Margot Mayo's Square Dance Group.

  • Film by: Irving Lerner, Charles Korvin, Willard Van Dyke
  • Produced by: Irving Lerner with Willard Van Dyke
  • Cinematographer: Richard Leacock
  • Other Credits: Written and Narrated by Alan Lomax
  • Original Format: Film: 35mm
  • © 1946, Irving Lerner & Willard Van Dyke
  • 16mins, Black & White