This Day in Jewish History 1986: Moe Asch, Tight of Fist but Savior of Folk Music, Passes On

WWII savaged culture in Europe, but brought Moe Asch the opportunity to collect rights to folk songs from around the world.

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On October 19, 1986, Moe Asch, founder and owner of Folkways Records, one of the world’s great collections of ethnic- and folk-music recordings, died, at the age of 81. The character of Mel Novikoff, the...