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January 5, 2001
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IU Northwest Professor Nominated for Grammy

Indiana University Northwest history professor, Ronald Cohen is a 2001 Grammy Awards nominee for the five-CD folk treasure, Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthem of the American Underground, in which he co-produced.  Cohen, along with co-producer Jeff Place of Smithsonian Folkways and Pete Reiniger, compilation producer, received the nomination in the Best Historical Album category. Place was also nominated for the Best Album Notes category for the Broadside collection.

A resident of Miller in Gary and also co-director of the Calumet Regional Archives, Cohen wrote the historical essay for the 89-track collection representing 25 years of major historical events in the country as reflected by folk artists in the years spanning 1962-1988. He became involved in the project as an offshoot of the recently released book in which he edited, Red Dust and Broadsides: A Joint Autobiography.  The book centers on the manuscripts and writings of his personal friend, Agnes "Sis" Cunningham, folk singer and activist, and her husband, the late Gordon Friesen, journalist and activist, who were the founders of the influential folk journal, Broadside Magazine. The Grammy nominated CD set's historical essay written by Cohen, not only reflects the history of Broadside Magazine, but the lives of Cunningham, Friesen and other folk heroes during the 15-year time span of the publication. 

The Best of Broadside collection includes versions of songs made in Cunningham and Friesen's New York flat, as well as professional sessions cut in the studio. It features topical songs addressing social and political issues of the time by many folk artists including Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, Buffy St. Marie, Phil Ochs and Janice Ian.  

The Grammy is the recording industry's most prestigious award, and is presented annually by the Recording Academy to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences. Also nominated is Joshua Bell, renowned violinist and graduate of the Indiana University School of Music. Bell, who received his artist's diploma in 1989, is nominated for his world premiere recording of Nicholas Maw's Violin Concerto. He is joined by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, and is nominated in the category for best instrumental soloist (s) performance (with an orchestra). 

The awards will be presented in 100 categories and are telecast annually to an international audience of over 1.5 billion in 170 countries. This year the Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Feb. 21 in Los Angeles. More information on the Grammy Awards is at

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