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Re: [ARSCLIST] Curious--was: well, this might <snip>

I would love to hear those records from the '20s to see if they really talked like gangsters. Things like "why, I oughta!", "what's the big idea, see?" and the like. I don't have anything better to do.

Andes, Donald wrote:
Hey Steven,

I regards to those sentiments, I would like to bring up the importance
of collecting and preserving those "record your own voice" records, or
possibly the recording of localize musicians at the time. I'm talking
NON-label, folk-like Alan Lomax stuff.

I think they speak more history than anything released commercially.

I've transferred thousands of hours of amazing stuff during my time at
Vidipax, and it really expanded my understanding of history beyond
what's published in books.

Don Andes
Director of Archives
EMI Music

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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Curious--was: well, this might <snip>

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andes, Donald" <Donald.Andes@xxxxxxxxxx>
"Perhaps music isn't what it was, when we were who they are."

Well, back in my (much) younger days...somewhere around the year
dot...telephones only had one "ringtone"...and that was created by a
metal arm whacking a metal bell! However, you had to count the "shorts"
and "longs" in the ringing if you were on a party line, to see if the
call was yours (many people listened to all of 'em...!).

And music came to you either over the radio or courtesy of a "record"
you bought for $1...usually on a 45, though 78's were still being
pressed. If there was a square dance, the music was provided by real
live musicians from a nearby town (who had never made a record, and we
unlikely to...). You could always "record your own voice" at the State
Fair, for fifty cents, and then play it when you got home.

Once you bought a record, there was no way to make a copy of it.
A very few folks had radios which had built-in disc recorders, and they
could...and we knew there were such things as "tape recorders," but none
of us had ever seen one.

Yup, things were different then...

Steven C. Barr

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