Ralph Ellison: Learning About A Man From His Records

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While we know writer Ralph Ellison best as the author of the acclaimed 1952 novel “Invisible Man,” he was also a musician, a critic, a teacher, and a record collector. In 2007, more than a decade after his death, his large collection of records was given to the National Jazz Museum in Harlem -- and now, they're on display there in an exhibit called Ralph Ellison: A Man And His Records.

In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Loren Schoenberg, artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, talks about the records in Ralph Ellison's collection, his musical life story, and what we can learn about a person from his or her musical taste. 

To browse Ralph Ellison's record collection, click here