The beautiful music all around us : field recordings and the American experience /

by Wade, Stephen.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Music in American life: Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2012Description: xvii, 477 p. : ill., music ; 27 cm. + 1 sound disc (4 3/4 in.).ISBN: 9780252036880 (cloth) :; 0252036883 (cloth).Title notes: $24.95 5-2013 (db)Subject(s): Folk music -- United States -- History and criticism | Field recordings -- United States -- History | Archive of Folk Culture (U.S.)
Contents:
Bill Stepp : retreat across America -- Kelly Pace : coworker in the kingdom of culture -- Ora Dell Graham : a little black girl from Mississippi -- Christine and Katherine Shipp : in a chromatic light -- Nashville Washboard Band : something out of nothing -- Vera Hall : the life that we live -- Bozie Sturdivant : a song that went with him -- Pete Steele : it's what folks do -- Texas Gladden : from here to the Mississippi -- Luther Strong : way behind his time -- Charlie Butler : call me to home -- Jess Morris : boiled shirt and cowboy boots.
On CD: Bonaparte's retreat (W.H. Stepp, fiddle) (1:52) -- Rock Island Line (Kelly Pace and group, singers) (1:49) -- Pullin' the skiff (Ora Dell Graham, singer) (1:06) -- Shortenin' bread (Ora Dell Graham, singer) (0:54) -- Sea lion woman (Christine and Katherine Shipp, singers) (1:11) -- Soldier's joy (Nashville Washboard Band) (2:10) -- Another man done gone (Vera Hall, singer) (1:26) -- Ain't no grave can hold my body down (Bozie Sturdivant, singer) (4:10) -- Coal Creek march (Pete Steele, banjo) (1:30) -- One morning in May (Texas Gladden, singer) (3:18) -- Glory in the meetinghouse (Luther Strong, fiddle) (1:45) -- Diamond Joe (Charlie Butler, singer) (2:14) -- Goodbye, Old Paint (Jess Morris, fiddle and voice) (4:31).
Summary: Highlights the stories behind thirteen field recordings captured between 1934 and 1942, focusing on the experiences of the people--ranging from students to prisoners--who contributed to the recordings.
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The Beautiful Music All Around Us presents the extraordinarily rich backstories of thirteen performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the Great Plains. Including the children's play song "Shortenin' Bread," the fiddle tune "Bonaparte's Retreat," the blues "Another Man Done Gone," and the spiritual "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down," these performances were recorded in kitchens and churches, on porches and in prisons, in hotel rooms and school auditoriums. Documented during the golden age of the Library of Congress recordings, they capture not only the words and tunes of traditional songs but also the sounds of life in which the performances were embedded: children laugh, neighbors comment, trucks pass by.Musician and researcher Stephen Wade sought out the performers on these recordings, their families, fellow musicians, and others who remembered them. He reconstructs the sights and sounds of the recording sessions themselves and how the music worked in all their lives. Some of these performers developed musical reputations beyond these field recordings, but for many, these tracks represent their only appearances on record: prisoners at the Arkansas State Penitentiary jumping on "the Library's recording machine" in a rendering of "Rock Island Line"; Ora Dell Graham being called away from the schoolyard to sing the jump-rope rhyme "Pullin' the Skiff"; Luther Strong shaking off a hungover night in jail and borrowing a fiddle to rip into "Glory in the Meetinghouse."Alongside loving and expert profiles of these performers and their locales and communities, Wade also untangles the histories of these iconic songs and tunes, tracing them through slave songs and spirituals, British and homegrown ballads, fiddle contests, gospel quartets, and labor laments. By exploring how these singers and instrumentalists exerted their own creativity on inherited forms, "amplifying tradition's gifts," Wade shows how a single artist can make a difference within a democracy.Reflecting decades of research and detective work, the profiles and abundant photos in The Beautiful Music All Around Us bring to life largely unheralded individuals--domestics, farm laborers, state prisoners, schoolchildren, cowboys, housewives and mothers, loggers and miners--whose music has become part of the wider American musical soundscape. The paperback edition does not include an accompanying CD.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [423]-445) and index.

Bill Stepp : retreat across America -- Kelly Pace : coworker in the kingdom of culture -- Ora Dell Graham : a little black girl from Mississippi -- Christine and Katherine Shipp : in a chromatic light -- Nashville Washboard Band : something out of nothing -- Vera Hall : the life that we live -- Bozie Sturdivant : a song that went with him -- Pete Steele : it's what folks do -- Texas Gladden : from here to the Mississippi -- Luther Strong : way behind his time -- Charlie Butler : call me to home -- Jess Morris : boiled shirt and cowboy boots.

On CD: Bonaparte's retreat (W.H. Stepp, fiddle) (1:52) -- Rock Island Line (Kelly Pace and group, singers) (1:49) -- Pullin' the skiff (Ora Dell Graham, singer) (1:06) -- Shortenin' bread (Ora Dell Graham, singer) (0:54) -- Sea lion woman (Christine and Katherine Shipp, singers) (1:11) -- Soldier's joy (Nashville Washboard Band) (2:10) -- Another man done gone (Vera Hall, singer) (1:26) -- Ain't no grave can hold my body down (Bozie Sturdivant, singer) (4:10) -- Coal Creek march (Pete Steele, banjo) (1:30) -- One morning in May (Texas Gladden, singer) (3:18) -- Glory in the meetinghouse (Luther Strong, fiddle) (1:45) -- Diamond Joe (Charlie Butler, singer) (2:14) -- Goodbye, Old Paint (Jess Morris, fiddle and voice) (4:31).

Highlights the stories behind thirteen field recordings captured between 1934 and 1942, focusing on the experiences of the people--ranging from students to prisoners--who contributed to the recordings.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xv)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Chapter 1 Bill Stepp: Retreat across America (p. 25)
  • Chapter 2 Kelly Pace: Coworker in the Kingdom of Culture (p. 47)
  • Chapter 3 Ora Dell Graham: A Little Black Girl from Mississippi (p. 75)
  • Chapter 4 Christine and Katherine Shipp: In a Chromatic Light (p. 105)
  • Chapter 5 Nashville Washboard Band: Something Out of Nothing (p. 129)
  • Chapter 6 Vera Hall: The Life That We Live (p. 153)
  • Chapter 7 Bozie Sturdivant: A Song That Went with Him (p. 179)
  • Chapter 8 Pete Steele: ItÆs What Folks Do (p. 207)
  • Chapter 9 Texas Gladden: From Here to the Mississippi (p. 237)
  • Chapter 10 Luther Strong: Way behind His Time (p. 267)
  • Chapter 11 Charlie Butler: Call Me to Home (p. 297)
  • Chapter 12 Jess Morris: Boiled Shirt and Cowboy Boots (p. 327)
  • Notes (p. 361)
  • Works Cited (p. 423)
  • A Note on the Recording (p. 447)
  • Index (p. 449)

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Library Journal Review

Banjo musician and writer Wade tells the story of 13 unheralded local American musicians who were recorded by the Library of Congress's field team between 1934 and 1942. Like a private eye, the author interviews family members, friends, and acquaintances of these musicians to discover the life stories of long-lost blues players, gospel quartet members, cowboy songsters, and even a singer of school yard ditties. He also uncovers the history of the songs that made these local legends famous and includes them on an accompanying CD. Verdict As compelling as a good detective story, this investigation of field recordings of a bygone era will be embraced by music fans. This book reminds readers that they don't need pop icons to experience passionate music.-Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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