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Prelude

Prelude

Supposing we have us a Little Tune Here

Chapter:
(p.3) Prelude
Source:
78 Blues
Author(s):
John Minton
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0001

This chapter sets out the book’s purpose, which is to explore how Southerners during the period between the mid-1920s and World War II thought about folksongs and phonograph records, and how oral tradition bearers navigated a mass medium. How did people accustomed to communicating musically in face-to-face settings learn to interact with an electronic medium and, through it, with one another? How did such a community experience records as musical events, comparable, say, to a mother lulling a child to sleep or a noisy house party?

Keywords:   Southerners, folksongs, phonograph records, oral tradition, Southern folk music

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