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I Ought to Be Recording Right Now

I Ought to Be Recording Right Now

(p.125) Chapter Six I Ought to Be Recording Right Now
78 Blues
John Minton
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues that many old-time records actually celebrate the incompatibility of folksongs and phonographs, discovering in that contrast a marvelous fund of perceptual dislocation or semantic disjunction. These items own up to an undeniable fact: despite its eminently human character, the old-time record is after all a thing: a shellac disc, holed at the center with a gaudy paper label, produced, purchased, and consumed like any other fashionable commodity. But unlike some such curiosities, it record plunges participants into an existential quandary—especially those accustomed to thinking of music as a natural outgrowth of their closest personal acquaintances and most familiar routines.

Keywords:   old-time records, Southern music, folk songs, phonographs, sound recordings, recorded paradoxes

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