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by World Music Network October 31, 2011


Smithsonian Folkways: The Micky Hart Collection

'The Mickey Hart Collection', a 25-album series from the legendary Grateful Deaddrummer and non-profit label Smithsonian Folkways, was released last week (If you're quick you might still catch the ten tracks available for free download!)

The collection preserves and furthers the percussionist’s endeavor to cross borders and expand musical horizons. Hart's projects are available digitally (stream and download) for the first time while keeping physical versions in print as on-demand CDs.

The albums are drawn from 'The World,' a series Hart curated that incorporated his solo projects, other artists’ productions, and re-releases of out-of-print titles. Six of the twenty-five albums form the 'Endangered Music Project,' a collaboration between Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which presents recordings from musical traditions at risk.

Visit the Smithsonian Folkways website to find out more.