Tony Schwartz and the Sounds of the City

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Matthew Barton, Curator of Recorded Sound at the Library of Congress, and Anthology Film Archives archivist Andrew Lampert, pay tribute to "Tony Schwartz and the Sounds of His City." Still best known for creating the infamous 1964 “Daisy” presidential campaign ad, Tony Schwartz primarily earned a living in advertising and media consultancy, but his true passion was recording the sounds and people of New York City. In 2007, the Library of Congress acquired the Tony Schwartz Collection and undertook the enormous task of cataloging and preserving it. We’ll hear sound clips from that collection during the course of the interview.

Tony Schwartz and the Sounds of the City


Matthew Barton and Andrew Lampert

Comments [3]

H. R. Miller from Westchester County

Loved this segment, so well suited to radio. It is especially interesting to hear how New York's dialects have changed over time. Why doesn't WNYC consider creating a contemporary version of Tony Schwartz's oeuvre, something that would help us hear ourselves and our city today in an equally fresh light?

May. 17 2011 09:52 PM
William from Manhattan

BTW, I just found out that the Tony Schwartz catalog is available on CD and MP3 at Smithsonian Folkways:

May. 17 2011 01:38 PM
William from Manhattan

Terrific show - I can't wait to explore Tony Schwartz more. Maybe your guests could discuss audio verite more broadly if there is time - I saw "Shut up, little man" at New Directors this spring, where I first heard the term.

May. 17 2011 01:27 PM

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