Thursday 23 April Friday 24 April Saturday 25 April Sunday 26 April Monday 27 April Tuesday 28 April Wednesday 29 April Thursday 30 April Friday 1 May Saturday 2 May Sunday 3 May Monday 4 May Tuesday 5 May Wednesday 6 May Thursday 7 May Friday 8 May Saturday 9 May Sunday 10 May Monday 11 May Tuesday 12 May Wednesday 13 May Thursday 14 May Friday 15 May Saturday 16 May Sunday 17 May Monday 18 May Tuesday 19 May Wednesday 20 May Thursday 21 May Friday 22 May Saturday 23 May Sunday 24 May Monday 25 May Tuesday 26 May Wednesday 27 May Thursday 28 May Friday 29 May Saturday 30 May Sunday 31 May Monday 1 June Tuesday 2 June Thursday 4 June The Downfall Of Paris - Billy Faier - Travelin Man (Vinyl 5 June Saturday 6 June Sunday 7 June Monday 8 June Tuesday 9 June Monday 15 June Tuesday 16 June Wednesday 17 June Friday 19 June Saturday 20 June Sunday 21 June Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Despite time spent in New York and Berkeley, Faier's home base for a large part of his life has been the town of Woodstock and the surrounding area where he built his home in Lake Hill, N.
From this home base, his music career experienced a revival in the s with performances at folk music festivals; a self-produced recording, Banjos, Birdsongs, and Mother Earth ; and a self-produced re-release of his earlier albums on cassette, LP). Throughout his life, Faier has opted for a non-mainstream, alternative lifestyle.
Besides song writing and playing banjo and guitar, Faier's eclectic interests include juggling, traveling, hitchhiking, Rubik's Cube, the game of Go, sailing, folklore, and writing.
The collection documents the life of Billy Faier as a musician, LP), and player of the five-string banjo and his role as observer, writer, and documenter of culture, particularly of the folk music revival and the counter-culture. The collection reflects both Faier's professional and personal experiences and his eclectic interests and collections. It contains material relating not only to Faier but to the events, ideas, and interests of an era and generation as well.
Correspondence,includes letters from Faier's girlfriends, friends, fans, fellow musicians, tenants, and individuals he met while traveling and performing. It documents Faier's music career encompassing song writing, including transcription work for Pete Seeger's The Goofing-Off Suite and Faier's published songbooks; roles as an on-stage musician in theatrical performances, including The Unsinkable Molly Brown on Broadway; prose writings about music and the folk revival; and promotional and business materials, including programs, publicity photographs, and mail order and sales records for his self-produced tapes.
Audio recordings include live and studio performances of Faier and other musicians; interviews with Aunt Molly Jackson, Frank Warner, and Ann Warner; Faier's radio shows; social and political events; and dubs from old records. Material on Faier's general interests and collections includes the folk music revival, including an interview with Faier by Ronald D. Faier's skills and interests are reflected in material on juglature, a method he invented of transcribing juggling moves, classes he taught, and multiple drafts of two juggling books.
Faier's active involvement in his most consistent home community, as well as personal material relating to his house, sailing vessel, and legal matters, are included in the Woodstock, N. Also included are articles on traveling with a bicycle across the country, hitchhiking as a means of alleviating the energy crisis, and a personal journal from The Addition of April contains papers, photographs, and audiovisual materials related to Billy Faier's music career, general interests, juggling hobby, and home base of Woodstock, N.
Papers consist of personal correspondence, lyrics, sheet music, banjo tabs, business correspondence related to compact disc CD and tab orders, promotional materials, tape and song indexes compiled by Faier, printed materials and clippings, juggling notes and juglature drawings, and writings by Faier, including a copy of his manuscript, Whorehouse Fantasies.
Faier's correspondents include girlfriends, friends, fans, and fellow musicians, including Martin Gardener, Frank Proffitt, and Pete Seeger. Photographs depict music performances, music festivals, including Woodstock, as well as Faier's personal life.
The addition also contains Faier's Rubik's Cubes, oversize materials, including a one-page scrapbook, scattered printed materials, and a sketchbook containing drawings by Faier. Audiovisual materials consist of audio recordings of live performances, demos, radio programs, and dubbed albums by Faier and others; videotapes of Faier, including home movies, interviews, live performances, and footage of family reunions; and related documentation, such as notes and memos, found with the audiovisual materials.
Correspondence consists largely of letters to Billy Faier with some carbon copies of Faier's letters interspersed. The period covered spans from towith the bulk of the material dating from to Letters reflect not only the relationships and events of Faier's life, but also provide something of a portrait of a generation for those who were involved in and influenced by the folk music revival, counter-culture, and alternative lifestyles.
While it is often difficult to make clear distinctions between personal, fan, and business correspondence as friends help arrange gigs, sponsors and fans become friends, fans and fellow musicians become correspondents, and fans offer business propositions, this series focuses on personal correspondence. See Series 2.
Music Career for correspondence directly related to business matters. Faier's correspondents include girlfriends, friends, fans, fellow musicians, tenants, and individuals he met while traveling and performing, including hitchhikers he picked up. Correspondents of both short-term and long-term duration are included.
Correspondence of note, either for its duration or the correspondent's relationship to Billy Faier, is separated out from the general correspondence and includes: Gloria "Cosmo" Charles whose correspondence with Faier dates from the sGerry Faier Faier's motherChristopher Nicklaus Wand Faier's sonand Landlord-Tenant Correspondence for Faier's Lake Hill, N. Gloria "Cosmo" Charles is a former girlfriend who traveled with Faier to the west coast in the s. She retained a strong and enduring friendship with Faier as evidenced through their correspondence, which dates from the late s.
He started his correspondence with his father as a young man. Billy Faier periodically rented out his house in Lake Hill, N. Correspondence relating to these rental transactions is included here. Correspondents include girlfriends, friends, fans, fellow musicians, and individuals Faier met while traveling or performing.
The letters reflect not only the relationships and events of Billy Faier's life but provide something of a portrait of a generation for those who were involved in and influenced by the folk music revival and alternative lifestyles. The creative aspects of Billy Faier's accomplishments as a musician are highlighted here in his song writing, theater performances, and music writing.
The business aspects can be found in the promotional photographs, posters, business correspondence and writing, contracts, and Winnipeg Folk Festival material. Additional material relating to Billy Faier's career as a musician and the folk music revival can be found in Series 3.
Audio Recordings and Series 4. Folk Music Revival. Songs written, composed, arranged, or transcribed by Billy Faier, as well as LP) by other composers that Faier collected. Included are complete scores of Faier's own songs, the first and second edition folios of banjo music selections from his album The Art of the Five String Banjoand commercially published banjo music scores. Songs written, composed, or arranged by Billy Faier.
Though much of the general material is unsigned, the songs in this series are presumed to be composed, arranged, or transcribed by Faier. Faier's work includes: arrangements and adaptations of other composers' songs, handwritten and typewritten lyrics, music in various stages of composition, and completed songs with lyrics accompanied by music notation organized by individual song titles.
Compositions that clearly appear to have different authorship are included in 2. Collected Song Writing. Along with the music transcription, this series incorporates, as originally received, their correspondence on the project, which includes reference to the McCarthy trials Seeger was dealing with at the time. Commercially published banjo music scores were collected by Billy Faier, as well as handwritten and typewritten lyrics and music compositions by other musicians and friends.
In addition to composing and performing as an individual musician, Billy Faier appeared in a number of theatrical productions, often as an on-stage musician. Material relating to these productions includes newspaper reviews, photographs, scripts, correspondence, and playbills. Faier played the part of Jib in A Christmas Storya one-act play by Monica Beebe, which appears to have been a community production, possibly in Woodstock, N.
Billy Faier's writings about music and the folk revival date from to and Much of the earlier material comes from his involvement with Caravan: Folk Music Magazine.
Abrahams, among others. In the late s and early s, Faier was first a contributor and assistant editor and then editor-in-chief of the magazine. Full issues of the magazine are in the Southern Folklife Collection's serial collection. His writings include letters to the editor, reports and comments on the folk music scene, record reviews, a report on the December meeting of the American Folklore Society, and an article on "Style and the Phonograph Record.
He subsequently corresponded with Faier with the result of the publication of Faier's memories of Townes Van Zant in the letters section of the magazine. Material used to promote or document Billy Faier's career as a musician, including clippings and reviews, programs from performances and festivals, publicity photographs, posters and fliers, and event and biographical promotion pieces.
Clippings and reviews include material that features, includes, or mentions Billy Faier. Concert and album reviews and announcements are particularly prominent.
There are also newspaper and fanzine articles featuring Faier. Photographs of Billy Faier taken on stage or for publicity purposes. Though undated, most appear to derive from Faier's early career, probably the late s or early s. The later career photographs probably date from the s. Event and biographical promotion pieces presumed to have been written by Billy Faier.
Business material focuses on the contractual and monetary aspects of Billy Faier's work as a musician. Business correspondence directly relating to Faier's work as a musician, especially with regards to recording and performing arrangements. The correspondence ranges from to with the bulk from the s. Included is correspondence with record producers, festival organizers, BMI, and tape producers. Correspondence from fans ordering tapes by mail order directly from Faier is filed separately in 2.
Mail Orders and Sales Records of Tapes. These tapes were only available by mail order directly from Faier. This series includes the mail order correspondence for these tapes,and Faier's record of sales for Banjos, Birdsongs, and Mother Earth until, as he wrote in the front of his sales record book, he stopped keeping records. Contracts are primarily Billy Faier's recording contracts, but also includes song publication, transfer of ownership of Caravan: Folk Music Magazineand performance contracts.
Material relating to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, which Faier attended as a featured performer. It provides a fairly complete overview of one of Faier's performance gigs through the span of material, which includes the early phone messages, contract, travel arrangements, performance schedule, and festival information for performers.
Faier's participation in the Winnipeg Folk Festival was part of a revival of his performance and recording career that he initiated in the s. Promotional performer buttons for these festivals have been transferred to the North Carolina Collection Gallery. Additional material related to this tour can be found in Series 1. Correspondence, especially folders 1 and 8, and Series 7. Other Writings.
Recordings made by and of Billy Faier, as well as recordings collected by him. The original archive order has been only partially maintained as the Billy Faier Archives was not received in its entirety and other, previously unarchived, tapes are also included in the collection. However, previous identification numbers are noted in parentheses where applicable and can be matched to the archive notes made by Blank and Friedman.
Written documentation, including the previous archive notes and photocopies of the boxes, is available for most of the recordings. Documentation includes glosses by Faier identifying recordings and noting particularly good versions of his songs both at the time of recording and at a later date.
Recordings featuring musicians other than Billy Faier, as well as interviews and other current events. Faier is included on some of these recordings as interviewer or interviewee, playing in a band or for other musicians, or, notably, as a lecturer.
However, he is not featured as a solo musician in any of these recordings. Of particular interest are recordings of Pete Seeger playing for Faier so that he could transcribe The Goofing Off Suiteinterviews with Aunt Molly Jackson, Frank Warner and Ann Warner, and Archie Green, and several "sign of the times" recordings from the s and s featuring demonstrations, political candidates, and talking to a friend while she's tripping.
Most of the recordings are unidentified beyond reel number and "disc dubs," but they appear to be recordings of old albums, presumably 78 rpms. Items relating to the folk music revival, mental challenges and activities, alternative lifestyles, and peace, as well as his collections of manuscript writings, poetry chapbooks, and artwork.
This series is particularly reflective of the counter-culture interests arising out of the s and s. Besides being a participant in the folk music revival, Faier collected material relating to it, including clippings on the folk music scene, generally and on individual musicians; song books, particularly those of a socialist and labor bent; and material relating to or generated by Ronald D.
Cohen, Archie Green, Aunt Molly Jackson, and Casey Jones, individuals significant to the folk music revival as researchers, folklorists, activists, performers, and folk figures. Manuscripts and chapbooks collected by Faier include poetry; a banjo book; a short story by his brother-in-law, Bob Peterson; and an autobiography of May Picqueray, a self-ascribed revolutionary. Artwork collected by Faier includes drawings, paintings, and photographs, presumed to have been created by his friends and acquaintances.
Faier's research, recreational, and cultural interests include games such as Rubik's Cube and Go; music; hypnosis; overcoming consumerism; Silva Mind Control; peace; and alternative lifestyles. Billy Faier was not only a participant in the folk music revival, he wrote and lectured on it and collected material related to it. The material Faier collected includes clippings on the folk music scene generally and on individual musicians most notably Barbara Dane and Frank Proffitt ; song books, particularly those of a socialist and labor bent; and material relating to or generated by Ronald D.
Ronald D. Cohen's material includes a transcript from an 8 August interview with Billy Faier about his involvement in the folk music revival as well as a copy of his book, "Wasn't That a Time! The Archie Green material consists of booklets he wrote for the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois on labor topics.
The Casey Jones material includes an article relating to Casey Jones' widow. Other related material received from Billy Faier but retained in the Southern Folklife Collection general periodical holdings rather than this individual collection are issues of the folk music fanzines Caravan and Gardyloo.
Manuscripts and chapbooks written by others and collected by Billy Faier. The banjo book manuscript does not list an author but, based on the handwriting, is presumed not to be by Billy Faier. Artwork collected by Billy Faier includes drawings, paintings, and photographs, which are presumed to have been created by his friends and acquaintances. Most of the works are unsigned.
Signed artwork includes works by H. Nicholes, John G. Ernst, and Kenneth Matt Hewes. Faier's research, recreational, and cultural interests include games such as Rubik's Cube and Go, music, hypnosis, overcoming consumerism, Silva Mind Control, the secret government, peace, and alternative lifestyles. Many of his interests are reflected in fanzines such as Gigline for and by veterans against the Vietnam warRainbow Family of Living LightPearls Before Vinegar a zine of clippings and articles from other sourcesand The Realist.
The almost complete collection of The Realist, is particularly interesting for the intellectual skepticism and questioning by the counter-culture that shaped Billy Faier and others of that era. One of Billy Faier's passions is juggling. After several earlier false starts in his life, he taught himself to juggle and then came up with the juglature, a way of notating juggling maneuvers similar to music notation.
Faier wrote a number of book-length manuscripts on how to juggle using his juglature notation and actively LP) in submitting his manuscript for publication and in teaching juggling. Included are Faier's research notes and material, his juglature drawings, correspondence pertaining to his juggling manuscripts and classes, and his juggling manuscripts, including "Balls!
Juggling Notes includes Faier's early juglature drawings, notes on particular juggling moves, an outline for an article, and early notes and thoughts on juggling. Juggling research includes the clippings and other research materials that Faier collected. Juggling business primarily consists of correspondence relating directly to publication queries and responses on Faier's manuscripts and to juggling classes that Faier taught.
Faier's juggling manuscripts include different drafts of his manuscript "Balls! Billy Faier moved to Woodstock, N. Though he traveled extensively and lived elsewhere, including New York City and California, his home base for a large part of his life has been Woodstock and the surrounding area.
He built a home in nearby Lake Hill and became an active member of the community, participating in area politics, controversies, and the local art and music scene, including becoming a locally renowned street musician. This series reflects Faier's integral involvement in his community with clippings, community publications, including assorted newspapers from toand writings on the tower controversy. Material relating to Faier's personal business affairs based in Woodstock include plans and documents concerning his house; the purchase and sale of the vessel, Dark Companion of Sirius ; a copy of a 20 April last will and testament; and documents pertaining to a harassment charge.
Billy Faier's involvement with the general community surrounding Woodstock, N. Of particular interest in the clippings section are Faier's letters to the editor and copies of his articles from the local papers. The Woodstock publications include copies of assorted local newspapers from toa yearbook of the town, and a Woodstock Folk Festival program book.
In the early s, Faier became an outspoken critic against the building of a tower on Overlook Mountain. Writings relating to that controversy are included.
Material relating to Billy Faier's personal business affairs based in Woodstock, N. Legal paper work and Faier's written notes in his defense are included. Also included are legal documents and plans relating to Faier's Lake Hill, N. See also Series 1. Landlord-Tenant Correspondence and Series 1. Correspondence, particularly from Gloria "Cosmo" Charles for other references to the Lake Hill house and the sailing vessel.
Faier's writings, both personal and intended for publication, not included elsewhere in the collection. In the early s, Faier arranged a cross-country trip of performance gigs and visits with friends. His intention was to travel by bicycle and his actual misadventures and experiences in that attempt are chronicled in an article, "Crossing the USA with Bicycle," published in Bicycle magazine.
His manuscript, correspondence with the editor, and the published article are included. Faier engaged in and promoted hitchhiking as a solution to the energy crisis of the early s. His writings on the subject include several short manuscripts, a letter to Russell Baker, and a published article in LP) Woodstock Times. Among Faier's personal and apparently unpublished writings are a journal from a trip to California with his girlfriend, Gloria "Cosmo" Charles, and dog, Pizza, and assorted descriptive and informative manuscripts.
InBilly Faier arranged a cross-country performance tour, including visits with friends along the way. Other references to this trip can be found in Series 1. Correspondence and Series 2. Music Career. His intention was to travel by bicycle and his actual misadventures and experiences in that attempt are chronicled in an article, "Crossing the USA with Bicycle" that was published in Bicycle magazine. His manuscript, correspondence with the editor, and published article are included here. Other material related to this performance tour can be found in Personal and Business Correspondence and Winnipeg Folk Festival, Faier engaged in hitchhiking both as hitcher and as driver.
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