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Re: [ARSCLIST] question about remote recordings from the 20-30s
Whacky-Packia strikes again. Thanks for being a lone voice in the dark stating some truths.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Matthew Barton" <mbarton@xxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 3:21 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] question about remote recordings from the 20-30s
Several mistakes in just a couple of sentences, but you've got to be careful with Wikipedia.
John and Alan Lomax did record Leadbelly in the summer of 1933 on a 300lb+ machine, but it embossed
grooves on aluminum discs. They didn't get an acetate disc recorder until 1937. These recordings do
not reside at "Smithsonian Folkways," but at the Library of Congress. The "recorder (and trunk)"
never resided at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The original disk recorder is long gone, as is the
Lomaxes' Ford. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had on display, for a time, Alan's Magnecord tape
recorder, which he used in Europe in the 1950s.
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540-4696
"Watsky, Lance" <lwatsky@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 4/29/2008 3:05:16 PM >>>
The following is from the Wikipedia info on John Lomax:
In July 1933, he and his son Alan, recorded Huddie Ledbetter, aka Lead Belly, using a 315-pound
acetate phonograph disk recorder which was installed in the trunk of their Ford sedan.
The recordings now reside at the Smithsonian Folkways, and the phonograph recorder (and trunk) are
at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Good luck on your research.
University of California, Los Angeles
Moving Image Archive Studies
103-G East Melnitz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:ARSCLIST@xxxxxxx] On Behalf Of sam
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 11:30 AM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] question about remote recordings from the 20-30s
I was recommended to this list by someone at the American Folikfe Center.
I am doing some research on how remote recordings were done by commercial record companies in the
20s and 30s. Specifically, I am interested in how record companies went about making recordings of
musicians in southern rural areas in that time period. I heard that companies like Columbia, Victor
and Okeh would do remote recordings.
If there is any book that someone would direct me to or if someone who is knowledgeable about this
subject would be willing to answer some of my questions, I would appreciate it greatly.
Thank you very much,
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