Film, Video, Audio, Photographs, Manuscripts
Video Units: Audio Units:
194 - U-Matic ¾” Videocassettes 25 - 5" Tape reels
28 - ½” Videocassettes (12-VHS; 16-Beta) 8 - 7" Tape reels
16 - 1” Videotape reels 10 - 10" Tape reels
28 - 2” Tape reels 5 - Tape cassettes
25 - 16mm. Film reels
.9 linear feet of Manuscripts
4 Performance documents
1 Sound Recording
1974-1993 (bulk 1975-1981)
All materials in this collection are subject to standard national and international copyright laws. Materials for which undeniable rights for “fair use” apply are those that Blaine Dunlap created himself. Dunlap holds copyright to all such materials. Reproduction of some materials (Uncle Dave Macon, Roy Orbison, National Archives) are copyright restricted. Center staff are able to assist with copyright questions for this material.
Deposited in the
Center for Popular Music by
Agency History/biographical sketch:
was born in
In the spring of
1976, Dunlap and Broadside TV produced Symphony
No. 5. Meanwhile, Sol Korine, MTSU
professor Chares K. Wolfe, folklorist Ralph Hyde, and the Tennessee Folklore
Society received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support
the production of documentaries about Uncle Dave Macon and Hamper McBee.
Working with pioneering small-format video engineer, Frank Forgette, in
Blaine Dunlap received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984, which lead to the video narrative, Nightwork. This aired as a segment of Likely Stories, an anthology series by independent directors that aired on The Learning Channel and public television stations. 1988 found Dunlap producing the pilot for Turners World of Adventure, an avant-garde non-fiction series. In 1989, he teamed with New Orleans-based filmmaker Stevenson Palfi in Played in the USA, a 13-hour anthology music series. In 1990, Chiz Schultz and Dunlap were commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts to make Who We Are, an examination of three pioneering grass-roots community arts organizations.
currently (2007) divides his time between
[Parts of the above biography written by Blaine Dunlap in 2007.]
Scope and content:
filmmakers Blaine Dunlap and Sol Korine produced a variety of audio-visual
programs pertaining to music in
The majority of the collection is U-Matic videocassette tapes. Other formats include ½ inch videotapes, 1” and 2” tapes, 16 mm film and audio tape. At this time (11/04) each has been viewed and logged, with the exception of the 2” tapes, some 16 mm film and the audio tapes.
Southbound is an
eleven-part documentary series originally broadcast on PBS exploring the roots
of Southern music. The programs document African American folk music, blues,
ballads, gospel music, jazz, Cajun, Western swing, rockabilly, and old-time
fiddling. Of particular importance locally is the complete footage of Korine
and Dunlap’s documentary of Rutherford Countian Uncle Dave Macon. The
Papers include materials associated with the production of several of the programs contained in the collection, materials relating to other films produced by Blaine Dunlap, and personal papers. Materials include correspondence, contracts, financial reports, receipts, bills, budget data, and promotional materials relating to entities involved with the production of various programs: National Endowment for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Tennessee Arts Commission, Public Broadcasting System, Georgia Public Television, "Showdown at the Hoedown," “Symphony #5,” and American Patchwork. A transcript of “Raw Mash” with Hamper McBee is included. For a more detailed description please see Finding Aid Shelf List.
the collection consist of black and white prints, contact sheets and slides of
Blaine Dunlap, Sol Korine, artists, and production staff members shooting
various programs as well as promotional prints. On location photographs include
Blaine Dunlap and Sol Korine editing “Raw Mash” in 1978, Blaine Dunlap shooting
Leonarus Emmaul for “Mouth Music” in 1980 on location in
Promotional photographs include all the programs associated with the “Southbound” series and photographs of Hamper McBee distributed in connection with the airing of “Raw Mash.” Several photographs of Uncle Dave Macon in various poses during earlier years were supplied by Les Leverett, the official photographer of the Grand Ole Opry and used as promotional material for the “Uncle Dave Macon” video.
All collection materials are located in four closed cabinets in the storage area. Please refer to the accompanying shelf list located in the Reading Room for specifics. Photographs are cross-referenced in the Iconographic files and cataloged in the InMagic Iconographic database.
In addition to the materials described above, the collection included one 45 rpm sound recording and four performance programs. These materials have been interfiled in the suitable Center for Popular Music collection and may be searched in the InMagic database. A promotional 33 1/3rpm sound recording titled Southbound also resides in the sound recording collection.
Robinson produced a set of tapes that became the camera originals for
"Give the World a Smile" in the Southbound series. The subject
of these tapes revolve around farming with the Schuylers in
(VCT = Umatic ¾” video cassette and VHS = ½” video)
(TSA = 7" audio; TFA = 5" audio; TTA = 10" audio)
Gone" is a Blaine Dunlap film commissioned by the Sinking Creek Film
Bluegrass at Station Inn,
Series B: "Showdown at the Hoedown"
at the Hoedown" showcases
Series C: "Symphony #5"
"Symphony no. 5" is the title of the original music by David Van Vactor that is the subject of this film. The composer describes his conception of the piece, as the film follows the rehearsals and opening performance of the symphony, performed by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Arpad Joo. During the 18-month editing phase of this project, Blaine Dunlap refined a post-production nomenclature used by the film/video industry until the emergence of non-linear video. [1975-1979]
Symphony, Blaine Dunlap, 1976 Bicentennial project. See p. 11 of finding aid: VCT-0239-UUUUUUU. Also see p. 1 of finding aid: "Symphony #5" folder.]
Series D: "Merry Go Round"
"Merry Go Round" is the working title of an unreleased biodrama of Balladeer-moonshiner Hamper McBee. The camera original tapes we have suggest the story line of a seasoned carnival con man (McBee) taking on a younger protege. The story is probably an outgrowth of McBee's personal accounts of working at carnival midway game booths, in conversation that arises while Korine-Dunlap filmed "Raw Mash" (see below).
[Final Version: unreleased Hamper McBee biodrama shot on 1" type A, Korine-Dunlap, 1978
(also called "Teddy Bears & Frigidaires"). See p. 10 of finding aid: VCT-0239-OOOOO, VCT-0239-QQQQQ, and VCT-0239-RRRRR; and p. 11 of finding aid: VCT-0239-JJJJJJJ and VCT-0239-KKKKKKK. (These are camera originals.)]
Series E: "Uncle Dave Macon"
Macon" is a Korine-Dunlap project that interviews many people, including
[Final Version: Korine-Dunlap/Tennessee Folklore Society, 1980. See p. 11 of finding aid: VCT-0239-ZZZZZZ.]
Series F: "Southbound"
The Southbound series, narrated by Hamper McBee, travels across the Southeast, showcasing Southern music styles as the roots of American music. Korine-Dunlap were the executive producers of the series which aired in 1981. However, some shows were produced by other film-makers, as indicated. Southbound included works by Les Blanc, Bill Ferris and Judy Pieser, Gretchen Robinson, Alan Steckler, Stevenson Palfi, and Ken Harrison.
#1: "Mouth Music" illustrates the drill march chants, children's
jump-rope rhymes, auctioneer bidding routines, and other forms of vocalizations
that perhaps go overlooked as music. Most noteworthy are
[Final version: "Mouth Music" p. 11: VCT-0239-CCCCCCC and VCH-0239-C/BB (VHS).]
#2: "Gravel Springs Fife & Drum" couples with "Give My Poor
Heart Ease" to illustrate black musical rhythms of delta
[Final version: "Gravel Springs Fife & Drum" (from the Center for Southern Folklore) and "Give My Poor Heart Ease" (B. Ferris), p. 12: VCT-0239-B/BB (VHS) and VCH-
#3: "Raw Mash" stars Hamper McBee as a dying breed of traditional
ballad singer and moonshiner on Monteagle mountain,
version: "Raw Mash," Hamper McBee,
Folklore Society, 1978. See p. 11 of finding aid: VCT-0239-FFFFFFF and (p. 12)
Show #4: "Give the World a Smile" projects the story of white Gospel music through one family who advocates simple, country living.
[Final version: "Give the World a Smile," VCT-0239-MMMMMMM and VCH-0239-Z/BB (Beta).]
Show #5: "Fannie Bell Chapman" tells the story of Southern black Gospel music through a singer-healer.
[Final version: "Fannie Bell Chapman," VCT-0239-PPPPPPP.]
Show #6: "This Cat Can Play Anything," NOT IN COLLECTION.
Show #7: "Spend it All" (Les Blank), NOT IN COLLECTION.
Show #8: "Chulas Fronteras" takes place along the Texas-Mexican border and features the music and traditions of the people there. This is a Chris Strachinsartz film.
[Final version: "Chulas Fronteras," (Chris Strachinsartz) VCT-0239-VVVVVV.]
Show #9: "Gimble's Swing" features Texas Swing music in its early radio days and generations later. This is a film by Ken Harrison.
[Final version: "Gimble's Swing," (Ken Harrison), VCT-0239-WWWWWW.]
Show #10: "Showdown at the Hoedown," see above.
Show #11: Show about Roy Orbison, was never produced due to rights/money issues. However, there are two tapes of Orbison shows: VCT-0239-YYYYYYY and VCT-0239-ZZZZZZZ
Series G: "Sometimes It's Gonna Hurt" Korine-Dunlap/PBS, 1983 (also known as "Kiddie Korral"). This is Dunlap's last show. "Sometimes It's Gonna Hurt" was a 1983 Korine-Dunlap project about a rodeo school for children. Though these reels are unview-able as is, there is an excerpt within VCT-0239-WWWWWWW, "Dunlap's 'timecode' scam."
"Played in the
(See p. 12 of finding aid, out of a total of 11 shows, this collection contains the following four:)
Show No. 3 "All by Myself" Eartha Kitt's life story of growing up an orphan, rising to success, but still feeling alone. [Final version: "All By Myself" (Eartha Kitt story), VCH 0239-I/BB and -J/BB]
Show No.6 "Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy" describes the merging of Latin rhythms with jazz. [Final version: "Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy," VCH-0239-K/BB]
Show No. 7. "Mary Lou Williams: Music on My Mind" chronicles the rise to success of Williams as a musician and composer who later seeks comfort by giving back to music though instruction and inspiration of young musicians. [Final version: "Mary Lou Williams-Music On My Mind," VCH-0239-L/BB]
Show No. 11 "Sing Beast Sing" is a short animated clip of blues music; In Heaven there is No Beer" showcases happy, hearty polka music festivals; "Live and Remember" features Lakota Sioux dance, rhythm, and oral history. [Final version: "Sing Beast Sing," "In Heaven There Is No Beer" (polka music), and "Live and Remember," VCH-0239-G/BB and -H/BB]
Box # Folder # Description
1 Personal Papers
1 Sinking Creek Film Celebration 1974 and 1975
2 Broadside TV Programming 1974 and 1975
3 Arts Exposure Budget 1975 and 1976
4 Coalition for New Public Affairs Programming, Feb. 13 1976- Dec. 22 1976
5 TN Arts Commission 1976, Broadside Video “Showdown at the Hoedown” Music cue sheets
6 “Symphony #5” (1975-1979)
7 SECA 1978
9 Correspondence, use agreements 1978-1979
10 Lomax/American Patchwork (see VCT-0239-RRRRRR)
11 Personal Expenses-Murfreesboro, 1978-1979
12 Dunlap Correspondence 7-18-2001, TFS Agreement June 7, 1980 and May 13,
1981, USIA film catalog search
Contract Nov. 13, 1975,
Southbound Jan. 31, 1982 Center for Southern Folklore
14 PBS Raw Mash 1979, GA Public TV Program Guide-1981
15 Items removed from film canisters, 1980
16 Spiral-bound notebook, “Hamper Transcriptions”
Box # Folder # Description
2 Press Kit 1
Generic Southbound, Biography-Hamper McBee
Program 1 Vocal Resources “Mouth Music”
Program 2 Black Folk Music and Blues “Gravel
“Give My Poor Heart Ease”
Program 3 Ballads, Hamper McBee “Raw Mash”
Program 4 White Gospel, “Give the World a Smile”
Program 5 Black Gospel, “Fannie Bell Chapman”
Press Kit 2
Program 6 Traditional Jazz, “This Cat Can Play Anything”
Program 7 Cajun, “Spend it All”
Program 8 Tex-Mex, “Chulas Fronteras: Part 2”
Program 9 Western Swing, “Gimble Swing”
Program 10 Fiddling Music, “Showdown at the Hoedown”
Dulplicate photographs from “Southbound” Press Kits
Box # Folder # Description
1 Hamper McBee (1978) – B/W prints
2 “Raw Mash” (1978); “Mouth Music” (1980) – B/W prints
3 “Symphony No. 5” (1975) – color slides and B/W prints
4 “Southbound” (1981) –B/W prints
5 “Seeking Creek Film Festival” (1974) – contact sheet
6 “Video South” Conference (1975) – contact sheets
7 Uncle Dave Macon (ca. 1930-1950) –B/W prints
Written by Lucinda Cockrell and Andra Kowalczyk 11/04; updated 5/07, LPC and Betsy Snowden