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The Resource American epic : when music gave America her voice, Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald

American epic : when music gave America her voice, Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald

Label
American epic : when music gave America her voice
Title
American epic
Title remainder
when music gave America her voice
Statement of responsibility
Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. The recordings they made of the ethnic groups of America helped democratize the nation and gave a voice to all its people: a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coal miner in Virginia, or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have his or her thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. These records blended the intertwining strands of Europe, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas and formed the bedrock for modern music as we know it. Today, virtually no documentation of these extraordinary events survives, and nearly 90 percent of the music masters have been destroyed. Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty spent years traveling around the U.S. on a mission to rescue this history, interviewing hundreds of families and scouring attics and basements, collecting vintage film footage and hundreds of photographs that haven't been seen in nearly a century. This written account continues the journey of the PBS television series and features additional stories, photographs, and artwork. It also contains contributions from many of the musicians who participated, including Taj Mahal, Nas, Willie Nelson, and Steve Martin, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible adventure across America in search of these recordings and eyewitness accounts
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
MacMahon, Bernard
Dewey number
781.640973/09042
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • facsimiles
Index
no index present
LC call number
ML3790
LC item number
.M15 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • McGourty, Allison
  • Wald, Elijah
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sound recording industry
  • Popular music
  • Popular culture
Label
American epic : when music gave America her voice, Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • At head of title: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White present
  • "The companion book to the PBS series"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-277)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The first time America heard herself -- Memphis jug band -- The Carter Family -- The gospel truth -- Logan County -- Down the dirt road -- Chant of the snake dance -- Bird of paradise -- Mal hombre -- Allons à Lafayette -- Avalon blues -- The American epic sessions
Control code
ocn935784467
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9781501135613
Lccn
2016001493
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimiles
System control number
(OCoLC)935784467
Label
American epic : when music gave America her voice, Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • At head of title: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White present
  • "The companion book to the PBS series"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-277)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The first time America heard herself -- Memphis jug band -- The Carter Family -- The gospel truth -- Logan County -- Down the dirt road -- Chant of the snake dance -- Bird of paradise -- Mal hombre -- Allons à Lafayette -- Avalon blues -- The American epic sessions
Control code
ocn935784467
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
279 pages
Isbn
9781501135613
Lccn
2016001493
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimiles
System control number
(OCoLC)935784467

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