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In the 1991 documentary APPALACHIAN JOURNEY the great chronicler of the earliest American music, ALAN LOMAX, travels to the Appalachian Mountains to talk to the descendants of the original pioneers, and record their stories and music. There's some awesome banjo playing in there, and dulcimer playing too!
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MICKEY HART, drummer of the Grateful Dead, has made a new album called RAMU. This four letter word is short for Random Access Musical Universe, a musical database he's been compiling since the late 1960s containing analog sounds, digital loops, ideas, and more. Initially RAMU was only used live, but now Hart has turned it into a practical musical instrument and, as the title suggests, it's right at the center of his new album.
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Two young Australian guys travel to the American south to tread in the footsteps of one of the most famous early blues singers: ROBERT JOHNSON. This 24 minute documentary is the result.
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Here's MALCOLM MIDDLETON performing his song DEVASTATION live. Not exactly a happy man, this Malcolm, but his fingerpicking is very nice.
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Cigarettes and alcohol are bad for you, right? Yet loads of people love it, and in 2007 MOJO magazine dedicated a full CD to the subject: CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL. Fifteen tracks by fifteen different artists, including Gil Scott-Heron, Jerry Lee Lewis and Screaming Jay Hawkins. The big surprise for me was MALCOLM MIDDLETON, whose track FOUR CIGARETTES is dark and foreboding. He's Scottish, and he used to be in ARAB STRAP.
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In the 1950s and 1960s they couldn't get American rock & roll and soul records in Jamaica. So they developed their own interpretation, and the result was ska. On JAMAICAN EXPLOSION, an excellent CD released by UK music magazine MOJO in 2016, 15 tracks of this period are collected.

Including the most famous song of early Jamaican ska: OH CAROLINA by the FOLKES BROTHERS, with that totally chaotic rhythm track by a bunch of stoned nyabinghi drummers from a Rastafarian community near Kingston. (Rasta's were outcasts at the time, unknown to the global musical community, but that would change with the arrival of Bob Marley and the Wailers).
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This 30 minutes documentary is about JOE BUSSARD, one of the biggest names in 78 rpm record collecting. His collection of blues, country, cajun, bluegrass and other American roots music is not only enormous in numbers, but also in quality. If it weren't for Joe, a large chunk of the earliest American music would be unknown. But because Joe's records have been appearing on compilation LPs and CDs for decades, we can now all enjoy the music he hunted down so relentlessly.
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These days JACK WHITE, well known of the WHITE STRIPES, is a record label boss. And recently his label THIRD MAN RECORDS has produced one of the most incredible music releases ever made: a handmade, wooden suitcase containing 6 LPs, a collection of 800 songs in digital format, plus two books with photos as well as historical and musical background information.

Those tracks were previously released by Paramount Records on 78 rpm records in the early 20th century, and some of the best country blues songs ever recorded are among them. The title: THE RISE AND FALL OF PARAMOUNT RECORDS: VOLUME 1, 1917-1927. There's a comparable Volume 2 too! Price per volume: $400.00.
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ENDTRODUCING by DJ SHADOW is an album with songs completely made of bits and pieces sampled from other songs, and it's totally brilliant! So you can imagine Mr. Shadow has an incredible vinyl collection. And now he's selling part of that collection. Too far away for me, but interesting none the less!
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