Letter: Chris Strachwitz obituary


This Ain’t No Mouse Music!: The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Data (2014) is a feature-length documentary about Chris that captures his enthusiasms and outspoken, generally tetchy, infallibly trustworthy character. His biggest ardour lay in amassing the most important assortment of Mexican data – from 2000 the Strachwitz Frontera Assortment at UCLA.

I first met Chris round 2005 when researching my e-book Extra Miles Than Cash: Journeys in American Music. On a later go to we went to a preview screening of a documentary a couple of Native American reservation. It turned out to be a 90-minute commercial for the wonders of getting casinos there, with no point out of the injury that playing causes. Earlier than the lights have been up Chris was out of his seat and declaiming loudly for everybody within the theatre to listen to about how the movie was a lie – he didn’t do well mannered.


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