Smithsonian Music Stories

Articles from our magazines, educational resources, artist spotlights, and more.

Mariachi band The World’s First LGBTQ Mariachi
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Sacred Harp cover A New Generation of Shape-Note Singers in Philadelphia
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Three Guitar Heads, Invention of the Electric Guitar, Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History. The Invention of the Electric Guitar
National Museum of American History
This guitar was played by Eddie Van Halen while on tour in 2007. It is a replica of the guitar invented by Van Halen in 1977 and named “Frankenstein” by fans. The Electric Guitar’s Long, Strange Trip
National Museum of American History
Barbara Dane Singing Truth to Power: Barbara Dane’s One-Woman Riot
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
flute The Marvelous Musical Prodigy: Thomas Greene 'Blind Tom' Wiggins
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Header Image, Women in WWI: Music, composite of collections images of a photo, poster, and badge. Women in World War I: Music
National Museum of American History
Cover Image, Peace Songs of the 1960s, Photo of War Protesters Peace Songs of the 1960s
Folkways Recordings
Boyz n the hood movie poster Lowriders and Hip Hop Culture
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Ginger Smock and Her Violin The Woman with the Violin: Ginger Smock and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Young Aboriginal dancers keeping their tradition alive at the Leura Festival in Australia. Photo by Huib Schippers Sound Futures: Understanding Musical Ecosystems
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

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