“There are people who seeks to preserve the history of African-American culture, such as the Library of Congress, and private companies, such as Paramount, which did not give anything. Mattered to them sell records and sell them within the weekend: the prospect of filing was not part of their vision. For them a song just needed to be printed and be sold. And in doing so, without having the slightest idea, have become one of the largest archives in the history of American culture”.
With this reflection, Dean Blackwood, the co-founder of Revenant Records, which has produced, among others, “Screamin ‘and hollerin’ the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton” and the fourth chapter of the “Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music” introduces us the new operation of Third Man Records, Jack White’s record label. This is the reissue, on vinyl of course, of the back catalog of Paramount Records, label that until the thirties of the twentieth century has produced jazz and blues legends such as Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Fletcher Henderson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Ethel Walters. The first release of the catalog is scheduled for October 29 and will be titled “The rise and fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)”. The box will be including six 180-gram vinyl, two hundred restored images taken from the archives of Paramount and a USB stick with the searchable index of songs. The next issue is scheduled for November.
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