New Blues Books added

Mittwoch, 24. Dezember 2014

William Bradford Huie - Three Lives For Mississippi

Steve Roden - I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces - Music in Vernacular Photographs 1880-1955

Description: 184 page hardback book with 2 CDs, 150 sepia photographs reproduced in full-color, the CDs feature 51 vintage recordings from 1925-1955. 
Publication Date: August 2, 2011 
Compiled by Steve Roden, … i listen to the wind that obliterates my traces brings together a collection of early photographs related to music, a group of 78rpm recordings, and short excerpts from various literary sources that are contemporary with the sound and images. It is a somewhat intuitive gathering, culled from artist Steve Roden’s collection of thousands of vernacular photographs related to music, sound, and listening. The subjects range from the PT Barnum-esque Professor McRea – “Ontario’s Musical Wonder” (pictured with his complex sculptural one man band contraption) – to anonymous African-American guitar players and images of early phonographs. The images range from professional portraits to ethereal, accidental, double exposures – and include a range of photographic print processes, such as tintypes, ambrotypes, cdvs, cabinet cards, real photo postcards, albumen prints, and turn-of-the-century snapshots.
The two CDs display a variety of recordings, including one-off amateur recordings, regular commercial releases, and early sound effects records. there is no narrative structure to the book, but the collision of literary quotes (Hamsun, Lagarkvist, Wordsworth, Nabokov, etc.). Recordings and images conspire towards a consistent mood that is anchored by the book’s title, which binds such disparate things as an early recording of an American cowboy ballad, a poem by a Swedish Nobel laureate, a recording of crickets created artificially, and an image of an itinerant anonymous woman sitting in a field, playing a guitar. The book also contains an essay by Roden.
Disc One
1. Wind – HMV Weather Effects c.1935
2. John Henry – John Jacob Niles 1940
3. Untitled – Anonymous (Société Anonyme)
4. Then We’ll Need That True Religion – Reverend Edward Clayborn 1927
5. In the Baggage Coach Ahead – Ernest Thompson 1924
6. Blue Blazes Blues – Emery Glen 1927
7. Walking on Ice – Gennett Sound Effects c. 1936
8. Kind Lovin’ Blues – Clara Smith 1923
9. If You Hadn’t Gone Away – Nick Lucas 1925
10. Beautiful Mansions of Gold – Anonymous (Knight Home-recording Disc)
11. I Seen My Pretty Papa Standing on a Hill – Eva Parker 1926
12. The Rosary – Pale K. Lua 1914
13. Mocking Bird – Gennett Sound Effects c.1936
14. Froggie Went A-Courting – Bradley Kincaid 1928
15. Damfino Stump – Sylvester Weaver 1927
16. Montana Call – Seger Ellis 1931
17. When They Ring the Golden Bells – Alfred G. Karnes 1928
18. Mandolin – Anonymous (Recordio Home-recording Disc)
19. The Stranger – Anonymous (Recordio Home-recording Disc)
20. Brother Noah Built an Ark – Ex-Governor Alf. Taylor’s Old Limber Quartet 1924
21. A Little Love a Little Kiss – Ed Lang 1927
22. Canadian Geese – Standard Radio Sound Effect c.1948
23. Reaching for the Moon – Roy Smeck’s Trio 1931
24. I Want to Go Home – Roland Hayes 1941
25. The Old Grey Horse – Obed Pickard of Station WSM Nashville Tennessee 1927
Disc Two
1. Walking in Snow and Thin Underbrush – Gennett Sound Effects c.1936
2. Rovin’ Gambler – Kelly Harrell 1926
3. I’ve Got to Go and Leave My Daddy Behind – Sara Martin & Sylvester Weaver 1923
4. Pinin’ Hawaii for You – Frank Ferera’s Hawaiians 1928
5. Going My Way – Gabriel Brown and his Guitar 1943
6. Rainfall and Thunder (Thunder Not from Life) – Gennett Sound Effects c.1936
7. It Don’t Do Nothing but Rain – Lew Childre 1936
8. Graveyard Love – Bertha Idaho 1928
9. Pretty Polly – Frank Luther 1940
10. Canary Birds: Several Hundred – Gennett Sound Effects c. 1936
11. Xango – Roland Hayes 1941
12. The Girl I Left Behind Me – Dick Reinhert 1929
13. Yes I Know – Rev. Calbert & Sister Billie Holstein 1928
14. Bib-a-lollie-boo – Chubby Parker 1927
15. Winnebago Love Song (Duet) – Thurlow Lieurance & Clement Barone 1929
16. My Good for Nuthin’ Man – Clara Smith 1925
17. Stack O’Lee Blues – Sol Hoopii’s Novelty Trio 1926
18. (I’m Cryin’ ‘cause I Know I’m) Losing You – Ukulele Ike (Cliff Edwards) 1927
19. William & Mary – Marc Williams 1934
20. Way Down Home – Anonymous (Recordio Home-recording Disc)
21. Night Noises – Gennett Sound Effects c.1936
22. Ya Gotta Quit Kickin’ My Dog Aroun’ – Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett 1926
23. Cripple Creek and Sourwood Mountain – Stovepipe No. 1 (Sam Jones) 1925
24. Cowboy’s Prayer – Goebel Reeves 1934
25. Precious Memorys (sic) – Bill Kearney & Earl Bush (S.O.S. Recording and Radio Service Disc, Honolulu, November 3, 1955 “to Dotty from Bill Kearney”)
26. O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie – Carl T. Sprague 1926

Mary Ellison - Extensions of the Blues

Wolfgang Schorlau - DOWN AT THERESA`S - The Photographs of Marc Pokempner

Luc Sante - TAKE ME TO THE WATER - Imersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950

Description: One CD, 96-page hardcover book
Publication Date: May 26, 2009
Recognition: Grammy® Awards 2009 Nominated for Best Historical Album
Photographs Compiled by Jim Linderman, Music Complied by Lance Ledbetter

For most of his life, collector Jim Linderman has searched high and low for authentic things—unique and special objects that define the artistic culture of the American experience. From folk art to popular culture, from pulp fiction to Delta Blues— Jim is a walking authority on so many things American they are too numerous to mention. One thing is certain— his collecting interests are for things that have fallen through the cracks, those things lost and forgotten—the box of material under the table at the flea market booth. If it wasn’t for dedicated collectors like Jim Linderman— so many important objects about our culture would have surely been lost to time and indifference.
Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 is Linderman’s first book. The 96-page hardcover book (8.75 x 6 inches) has 75 sepia photograph reproductions from 1890-1950 and is accompanied by a CD of rare gospel and folk recordings from original 78-RPM records (1924-1940). It features recordings of artists like Washington Phillips, Carter Family, Tennessee Mountaineers, and lesser known and rare groups like the Belmont Silvertone Jubilee Singers, a vocal quartet in 1939. Included as well are rare vocal recordings of sermons and preaching which highlight the fervor leading up to the moment of cleansing one’s soul in immersion baptism.” — John Foster, Accidental Mysteries

Lawrence Clayton and Joe W. Specht - The Roots of Texas Music,1489.aspx

Ken Light - DELTA TIME

Joshua Clegg Caffery - Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana - The 1934 Alan Lomax Recordings

Deirdre O`Connell - THE BALLAD OF BLIND TOM Slave Pianist America`s Lost Musical Genius

Anthony Walton - Mississippi

Mittwoch, 10. Dezember 2014

David M. Oshinsky - Worse Than Slavery - Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice


Description: 124-page hardcover book with 2 CDs, includes slipcase and foil stamping
44 audio recordings, 12 previously unreleased, all newly remastered;
77 photographs, many published here for the first time;
Essays by Alan Lomax, Anna Lomax Wood, and Bruce Jackson.
Produced by Steven Lance Ledbetter, founder of Dust-to-Digital, and Nathan Salsburg, curator of the Alan Lomax Archive.
In 1947, ’48 and ’59, renowned folklorist Alan Lomax went behind the barbed wire into the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck—and, in 1959, a camera—Lomax documented as best an outsider could the stark and savage conditions of the prison farm, where the black inmates labored “from can’t to can’t,” chopping timber, clearing ground, and picking cotton for the state. They sang as they worked, keeping time with axes or hoes, adapting to their condition the slavery-time hollers that sustained their forbears and creating a new body of American song. Theirs was music, as Lomax wrote, that “testified to the love of truth and beauty which is a universal human trait.”
“A few strands of wire were all that separated the prison from adjoining plantations. Only the sight of an occasional armed guard or a barred window in one of the frame dormitories made one realize that this was a prison. The land produced the same crop; there was the same work for blacks to do on both sides of the fence. And there was no Delta black who was not aware of how easy it was for him to find himself on the wrong side of those few strands of barbed wire…. These songs are a vivid reminder of a system of social control and forced labor that has endured in the South for centuries, and I do not believe that the pattern of Southern life can be fundamentally reshaped until what lies behind these roaring, ironic choruses is understood.” — Alan Lomax, 1958
“Black prisoners in all the Southern agricultural prisons in the years of these recordings participated in two distinct musical traditions: free world (the blues, hollers, spirituals and other songs they sang outside and, when the situation permitted, sang inside as well) and the work-songs, which were specific to the prison situation, and the recordings in this album represent that complete range of material, which is one of the reasons this set is so important: it doesn’t just show this or that tradition within Parchman, but the range of musical traditions performed by black prisoners. I know of no other album that does that.” — Bruce Jackson, 2013
Disc 1: 1947-’48 Work Songs and Hollers
1. Jimpson and Group – “Murderer’s Home”
2. 88 and Group – “Rosie” *
3. 22 and Group – “It Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad”
4. 88 – “Whoa Buck”
5. Tangle Eye, Hard Hat, 22, and Little Red – “When I Went to Leland”
6. Buzzard and group – “I’m Going to Memphis”
7. 22 and Group – “The Prettiest Train I Ever Saw”
8. 22 and Group – “John Henry”
9. Dan Barnes and Group – “John Old Alabama”
10. Foots – “Hollers”
11. Dobie Red and Group – “Stewball”
12. Bama – “Levee Camp Hollers”
13. Tangle Eye, Hard Hat, 22 and Little Red – “Early In the Morning”
14. Dobie Red and Group — “I Got A Bulldog (Well I Wonder)”
15. 22 and Group – “Dollar Mamie”
16. Bama – “Stackalee”
17. Dan Barnes and group – “I Don’t Want No Jet Black Woman” *
18. Bull, Foots and Dobie Red – “Did You Hear About Louella Wallace”
19. Tangle Eye – “Tangle Eye’s Blues”
20. 22 and Group – “Rosie”
21. Bama – “I’m Going Home”
22. Jimpson and Group – “No More My Lord”
23. Unidentified Group – “The Weather Get Warm” *
Disc 2: 1947-’48 Blues / 1959 Work Songs and Hollers
1. Floyd Batts – “Lucky Song”
2. Clarence Alexander – “Disability Boogie Woogie”
3. John Edwards and Group – “Berta” *
4. Clyde Jones and Group – “Poor Lazarus” *
5. John Dudley – “Cool Drink of Water Blues”
6. Ed Lewis – “Levee Camp Holler / Interview”
7. Ed Lewis and Group – “Black Gal”
8. Bama – “I Don’t Want You Baby” *
9. Grover Wells and Group – “Rosie” *
10. Bridges Lee Cole – “Hollers”
11. John Dudley – “You Got a Mean Disposition”
12. John Dudley – “Big Road Blues”
13. Ervin Webb and Group – “I’m Going Home”
14. George Golden and Group – “Berta” *
15. Grover Wells – “Up the River” *
16. Clarence Alexander – “Prison Blues”
17. Johnny Lee Moore, Ed Lewis, James Carter, and Henry Mason – “Tom Devil”
18. Willie Washington – “My Jack Don’t Drink No Water” *
19. Leroy Campbell and Yancey – “Sometimes I Wonder”
20. Henry Ratcliff – “Look for Me In Louisiana”
21. Heuston Earms – “Ain’t Been Able to Get Home No More” *
*Previously unreleased.