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Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s (Paperback) (Harry Bolick & Stephen T. Austin)

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While in the Mississippi State Archives tracking down Abbot Ferris's beautiful photographic portraits of musicians from 1939, author Harry Bolick discovered, to his amazement, a treasure trove of earlier fiddle tunes in manuscript form. Since then he has worked to understand how this collection came to exist and be set aside. With Stephen T. Austin, Bolick has transcribed the subsequent 1939 audio recordings.Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s presents the history of the collecting work, with over three hundred of the tunes and songs and a beautiful selection of period photographs.

In the summer of 1936, over one hundred fiddle tunes, many of them unique, along with thousands of songs, were collected and notated throughout a large part of Mississippi. Roughly 130 novice field workers captured beautiful tunes and ****** fragments. As a body of work, it is an unparalleled and fascinating snapshot of vernacular music as heard in Mississippi in the early part of the recorded era. However, this music was unpublished and forgotten.

In 1939, building on the contacts made three years earlier, Herbert Halpert led one of the last and best executed of the WPA folklore projects which recorded audio performances in Mississippi. Some, but not all, of those distinctive fiddle tune recordings have been published. Additionally through cassette tape copies passed hand to hand, some of these distinctive tunes have regained currency and popularity among contemporary fiddlers. InMississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s, this great music is at last widely available.

Number of Pages: 432
Genre: Music, History
Sub-Genre: Ethnomusicology
Series Title: American Made Music
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
Author: Harry Bolick & Stephen T. Austin
Language: English
Street Date: November 23, 2015
TCIN: 21571425
UPC: 9781496804075
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-7635
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