Saturday, April 25, 2015

RAREST 78 RPM RECORDS ~



Joe Bussard





Scribner 2014



Hands down, this book is a delight to read, so don't hesitate. The author goes to almost every extreme
imaginable, starting with putting up with the wackos of the collecting world, something I know a little about. But in this case, a last of a breed — 78 record hustlers — lovers and devotees. We find the author even taking scuba lessons, renting gear, and diving into some of the murky old rivers of Wisconsin in the region of defunct record pressing plants, like Paramount's in Grafton, Wisconsin, on a brainstorm that she might even find a box of old records tossed away long ago as worthless. Out of the rivers she visits some of the basement haven boarders of terrific record collections, like Joe Bussard (above) priceless in their hands; and what's a book on the subject without a lengthy back history on Harry Smith, compiler and genius of The Anthology of American Folk Music, the musician's
 Leaves of Grass.


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2 comments:

Luster said...

Dear Bob,

This looks to be a treasure about treasures as is your review: Harry as Walt!

stay,
mike

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Mike,

Could anyone be more Walt than Harry? Doubtful?

Singers.

You will much enjoy this book when you get your mitts around it. It's a folklorist sandwich.

Still a foot of snow at the back door. No lie.

all's well, Bob