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78 Blues: Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South

John Minton

Abstract

When record men first traveled from Chicago or invited musicians to studios in New York, these entrepreneurs had no conception how their technology would change the dynamics of what constituted a musical performance. This book covers a revolution in artist performance and audience perception through close examination of hundreds of key “hillbilly” and “race” records released between the 1920s and World War II. In the postwar period, regional strains recorded on pioneering 78 r.p.m. discs exploded into urban blues and R&B, honky-tonk and western swing, gospel, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. These old ... More

Keywords: record men, Chicago, musicians, studios, New York, entrepreneurs, technology, musical performance, artist performance, audience perception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781934110195
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Minton, author