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A Special Prayer on The Man That’s A-Catching The Record

A Special Prayer on The Man That’s A-Catching The Record

Chapter:
(p.95) Chapter Five A Special Prayer on The Man That’s A-Catching The Record
Source:
78 Blues
Author(s):
John Minton
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110195.003.0006

This chapter argues that old-time records have achieved a new level of conceptual autonomy, an equal partner in Southern music and song. The record has transfigured the basic components of the musical event: its setting, its participants, even the musical tradition itself. The musical tradition has also been redefined as a record, understood not just as a physical object and its three-minute time-span but as an instantaneous meeting of imaginative minds, a momentary union of cultural beings transcending the mundane boundaries of product and process to achieve the idea of art: a prayer, a hymn, a ceremony, a transcendent reality absolutely in tune with itself.

Keywords:   old-time records, Southern music, Southern song, musical tradition

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