Rare Early Photographs of Musicians Around the World
Playing the hurdy-gurdy, or why African-American jazz bands were banned in Australia until 1954.
By Maria Popova
Music is one of humanity’s oldest and strongest forms of social glue, yet our collective memory has retained precious little of music’s communal history outside the Western tradition and before the days of rock concerts. Collected here are some fascinating archival images of music-making from around the world and across time, culled from severalexcellentFlickrsets compiled by musician Sam Bennett.