Hugo Keesing nominated for Grammy
Hugo Keesing, retired adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, last week won a Grammy nomination for best historical album for Battleground Korea: Songs and Sounds of America’s Forgotten War.
An anthology of the music that helped define the Korean War, the album includes more than 100 country, blues, pop and gospel titles in a 4-CD box set. Keesing also wrote an accompanying book that features archival photographs and information on the songs and the artists who recorded them.
The album draws on materials from Keesing’s vast collection of materials housed at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library’s special collections.
A scholar of popular culture, Keesing, with his late brother Wouter, long collected recordings, serials, sheet music and memorabilia related to 20th-century American popular music. In 1997 he made the first of many subsequent donations of these materials to the University Libraries.
In 2010 Keesing released a 13-CD box set, Next Stop is Vietnam: the War on Record, 1961-2008, an aural history of the war from the perspective of Americans in the armed forces.
The Grammy Awards, celebrating peer-recognized accolades from the Recording Academy of music professionals, airs on February 10, 2019.