An interview with MaryBeth Hamilton, author of In Search of the Blues
May 26, 2012 9:31 AM Subscribe
...The cult of and luster for country blues among these record collectors came about because not only were recordings by Charley Patton, Son House, Skip James and Robert Johnson not successfully sold to African Americans, but other record collectors were not interested in them either. There were so many collectors of New Orleans jazz that not only did the recordings became too expensive to collect, they also didn't want them -- they wanted to find something that required more energy to uncover, and more energy to actually appreciate. Anyone who has ever listened to Charley Patton knows that you have to learn how to listen to him, you have to really struggle -- it is a work of archeology, really, to make out what he is saying. It is powerful, and I don't want to deny its power, but you have to learn how to hear that power, and African Americans, when these records came out, didn't necessarily hear that.From an interview with Marybeth Hamilton, author of In Search of the Blues
Here, for the well connected, can be found a 49.1 MB mp3 audio interview of Marybeth Hamilton. Which may very well be the one transcribed in the first link of this post. But I am too pressed for time this morning to wait to find out.
And here are two reviews of In Search of the Blues:
Pro: Anthony Heilbut
Con: Dave Marsh
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