Saturday, December 12, 2009

Australian Radio National Airs 'Blind Tom, slave pianist sensation' Dec. 12, 2009

[The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist: America's Lost Musical Genius; Dierdre O'Connell]
The Dec. 12, 2009 broadcast of Australian Radio National's weekly music program Into the Music is Blind Tom, slave pianist sensation. Audio of the program is available online, as is a video:
“All but forgotten since his death in 1908, Blind Tom's reputation is being restored with the advent of recordings of his remarkable piano compositions on the CD John Davis Plays Blind Tom, and a riveting new biography, The Ballad of Blind Tom by Deidre O'Connell in which he is acknowledged as America's lost musical genius and most likely an autistic savant.

"Appearing in the program are biographer Deidre O'Connell, artist Martin Sharp, Professor Allan Snyder, Director of the Centre for the Mind at Sydney University, and concert pianist John Davis who performs The Rainstorm and The Battle of Manassas for the program." [Professor Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University Conservatory has compiled a complete Works List which is featured on the Thomas Wiggins page at]

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