This chapter analyzes how Southerners experienced old-time records as musical events, especially compared to the folksongs that previously defined their musical lives. To address this question, recording artists consistently envisioned four major possibilities, alternately framing records as: (1) remote, stylized depictions of live music-making; (2) bona fide folksong performances in their own right; (3) self-contained musical events on a par with, yet distinct from, live performances; or (4) logical contradictions, whose relations to live music-making presented out-and-out paradoxes.
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