Seeing The World of Sound: the Cover Art of Folkways Records
Selk'nam Chants of Tierra del Fuego
The cover presents a memorable close-up photograph of Lola Kiepja taken by the album's producer, ethnologist Anne Chapman. According to Chapman, Lola Kiepja was the last person to speak the language of her people.
Negro Folk Songs for Young People
The grainy photograph conveys the honesty and integrity of the legendary Lead Belly (Huddie Ledbetter), wearing his customary suit and tie, performing for a young audience. A powerful singer and guitar player, Lead Belly possessed vast knowledge of African American music with a repertoire ranging from children's play-party games to prison songs. Moe Asch allowed him to record anything he wished, resulting in a canon that continues to influence musicians worldwide.
The Asch Recordings 1939 - 1945, Vol. 2
Issued in 1967, this album is a compilation of material that first appeared on Asch and Disc Recordings, predecessor labels to Folkways. The cover design features the lively, hand-generated type for which Rosenhouse became known. The two-colour design makes use of overprinting to create a third colour and reversal to render the typographic elements at the top in white.
Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 2: Social Music
The condensed, serif type and Ben Shahn's photograph are rendered in two colours: the brown superimposed on a pale tint of orange, gives a warm, earthy, rural sensibility to the overall design. The three-volume Anthology of American Folk Music by Harry Smith is considered one of the most important recordings in the Folkways catalogue.
John A. Lomax, Jr. Sings American Folk Songs
The structure of the cover, using cropping, a low horizontal image format, and type set along the top edge, suggests the open expanse of the western landscape. In 1925 Moe Asch purchased a copy of Cowboy Songs and Frontier Ballads by John A. Lomax, Sr., beginning his lifelong passion for American folksongs. The renowned folklorist's son sings this collection of songs.