Bruce Bastin/Interstate Music Collection

May 2008

This May, UCSB Library acquired a portion of folklorist Bruce Bastin's record collection, consisting of 10,000 78rpm ethnic and folk recordings from Latin America and Europe. The collection also includes recordings in popular traditions, such as Argentine tangos. Bruce Bastin started Interstate Music in the 1970s to reissue important folk, jazz, country, blues, and ethnic recordings on LP. Over the years, he issued some 850 compilations on LP and CD, featuring music from The Americas and the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Currently, the recordings are being cataloged. For more information, see the Performing Arts Department's page.