78 Blues - Folksongs and Phonographs in the American South
by John Minton
Covers a revolution in artist performance and audience perception through examination of hundreds of key "hillbilly" and "race" records released between the 1920s and World War II. These old records preserve the work of Jimmy Rodgers, Robert Johnson, Charlie Poole, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and other American musical geniuses. Until then, music was connected with particular, intimate occasions. How were listeners to understand impersonal technology like the phonograph - reconcile firsthand interactions with mass media? The records themselves offer answers in spoken word, commentary, skits, lyrics, more. 288 pp.
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