This book provides information on some 14,500 recordings of 3,500 old time folk and country songs recorded between 1921 and 1942 Each performance receives a full citation, including the date and place of recording, original and variant artist, and title credits Whenever possible, songs are traced back to their original lyricists and composers or to major published and unpublished folksong collections Entries are grouped into broad subject categories ballads, popular songs, religious songs, and instrumentals Based on 35 years of research in public and private collections of recordings, broadsides, pamphlets, and sheet music, this valuable resource allows a fresh understanding of pre World War II country music and its intricate connections to the blues, old world folk music, and the broad spectrum of American popular song....
|Title||:||Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music|
|Publisher||:||Southern Folklife Collection, Academic Affairs Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1 edition July 2002|
|Number of Pages||:||1024 pages|
|File Size||:||883 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music Reviews
This is a well-researched discography of early folk and country recorded music by the late Gus Meade. It was completed and published after his passing with the able assistance of Dick Spottswood, a noted music archivist from the Washington, D.C. area.
This is one of those books that was a "life's work" for its principal author (Gus Meade), but we never would have seen the fruits of his labor without the help of two colleagues who completed this volume after his death--his son Douglas and leading folk scholar Dick Spottswood. It is the most valuable listing of traditional music I have ever seen, everything from British ballads to topical songs, cowboy songs, minstrel music, sentimental songs, blues and hornpipes! There is a wide range of 19th century music here, and some from the early 1900s. Pre-1942 recordings of the songs are listed (including LP/CD reissues), but the book is also valuable for its citations of early published versions (including songbooks), composer/author credits and commentary on the often-similar songs. For anyone interested in the field of traditional American music, this volume is a must.
What a wonderful job Gus Meade in putting this thing together. I wasn't fully sure what to expect, but the organization and thoroughness of the research makes this one of the most accessible books of discographical information ever printed. Yes, there are classification categories that I might have wanted to see used, but this is a minor cavil in the face of the all the ones that are used.
Since I got this for Christmas, I have probably used it several dozen times. I use it mainly to cross reference songs on my Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Americana collections but really it could serve as the bedrock of any thesis on early American music. This is a fine book, put together by Meade and many others.