Folk Singers: For the Love of It

"There ain't no place around this holy town where a fella can get all them devils out of his throat," the expatriate folk singer complained—and he was right: for all its glories, Rome had no nightclub for folk singers. Such a cultural omission might have been easily endurable, but when an American Negro painter named Harold Bradley opened his II Folk Studio two years ago, Rome greeted it like springtime. Since then, the Studio has become a genuine academy of folkloric song and is fast becoming the most popular club in the...

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