Fonds MG 616 - Bob Fink fonds

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Bob Fink fonds

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MG 616

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  • 1950-2017 (inclusive) ; 1976-2005 (predominant) (Creation)

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2.44 m of textual material
12 Compact Discs (CDs)
39 Audio Cassettes (Compact Cassettes)
2 video cassettes
14 audio reels

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Biographical history

Robert “Bob” Fink was born on Dec. 29th, 1935 in New York. He earned a music degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, where he also worked as a graphic artist. He moved to Saskatoon in his 30’s, where he lived for the rest of his life. He was a social activist as well as a musicologist, and won a precedent setting case for the right to poster in public locations. He wrote extensively on music as well as composed musical pieces of his own, and kept up a website called Greenwych which hosted his publications. He also published a journal called Crosscurrents and published his music under the series name of Some New Old Music. He has also worked as an artist and illustrator, journalist, and machinery designer. He passed away on September 8, 2016.
[Info from his obituary in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Sept. 9 to Sept. 16, 2016 as well as from his website,]

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This fond contains mostly textual material, specifically copies of the books and articles Bob Fink wrote over his lifetime, mainly in regards to the evolution and origin of music and other topics related to music. The other half of the collection is copies of sheet music which he composed, mainly under the series name “Some New Old Music” as well as the opera Lysistrata. It has been published individually as well as in collections. There are also some recordings on a variety of media (CD, cassette, and reel to reel) which appear to contain recordings of Bob Fink playing his compositions.

Bob Fink kept an extensive website filled with the articles he wrote on a wide variety of topics. It also
contains links to articles he collected that were of interest to him and related to his areas of study. It
also contains MIDI’s of the music he composed. You can access the archived version of it here:

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This collection was mainly organized by the archivist, bringing together publications and compositions from across the collection into series’. All file titles supplied by archivist but taken title’s on the works or Fink’s notes when possible. They have been organized into the following series:

I. Personal (correspondence, clippings, etc)
II. Neanderthal flute
III. Evidence of Harmony in Ancient Music
IV. The Origin of Music (2005 & 1981)
V. Music and Materialism
VI. Crosscurrents
VII. Other writings
VIII. Some New Old Music
IX. Lysistrata
X. Other Music
XI. Greenwhych Website
XII. Misc. Publishing
XIII. Audio

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Files marked as RESTRICTED require vetting by an archivist prior to release. All restrictions are applied as per privacy legislation.

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Copyright restrictions apply. Note that many copies of the sheet music contain a note which says that copying for private use and performance is allowed, but that copying for resale is not.

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