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Re: [ARSCLIST] question about remote recordings from the 20-30s

Hi Matthew:

Whacky-Packia strikes again. Thanks for being a lone voice in the dark stating some truths.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- From: "Matthew Barton" <mbarton@xxxxxxx>
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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.

Matthew Barton
The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20540-4696
email: mbarton@xxxxxxx

"Watsky, Lance" <lwatsky@xxxxxxxxxxxx> 4/29/2008 3:05:16 PM >>>
Hi Sam,

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.


Lance Watsky
University of California, Los Angeles
Moving Image Archive Studies
Program Coordinator
103-G East Melnitz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622
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-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 11:30 AM
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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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