* Member Info

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
In 1968, Wells returned from a State Department-sponsored tour of Africa and told a Newsweek correspondent, "We got to one place and they had banners saying 'Welcome Home, Junior'. I told 'em, man I said, this ain't my home, I live one block north of the Loop. Then they asked me what I thought of black power. I said black power is me making it with Aretha Franklin." - from Larry Cohn's Nothing But The Blues

Author Topic: Feature Story on Joe Bussard  (Read 504 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline lindy

  • Member
  • Posts: 1254
  • I'm a llama!
Feature Story on Joe Bussard
« on: June 05, 2022, 04:44:21 PM »
Seems like a profile story about Bussard and his record collection shows up in the media once every few years, here's the latest version from WAPO:

Offline Tony Gilroy

  • Member
  • Posts: 4
  • Howdy!
Re: Feature Story on Joe Bussard
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2022, 01:51:21 AM »
Interesting article but the comments underneath are mostly mindless. Outrage at his hoarding and demands that he make the music available. If those commentators knew anything about old music they'd know that Joe was doing this 50 years ago.

There's a clear distinction between the physical objects and the music on them. Partly through Joe's generosity the music is all  available. There's barely a Document CD that doesn't credit Bussard as one of those contributing copies of 78s and old Blues Unlimiteds from the 1960s have Joe's advert offering to sell tapes of anything anyone wanted years before much had been made available on LP.

Rightly or wrongly he's dedicated his life to his collection and has every right to keep enjoying it in his own way for as long as he can. When he dies his family can sell or donate to an institution as they wish but if it went up in smoke tomorrow no actual music would be lost to posterity.

Offline Stuart

  • Member
  • Posts: 3185
  • "The Voice of Almiqui"
Re: Feature Story on Joe Bussard
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2022, 01:29:58 PM »
Thanks for the link, Lindy, and for your comments, Tony. I went through some of the recent WaPo comments and more than a few are actually well thought out, posted by people who have more than a superficial understanding of "old records," and who would be right at home here. Some have visited Joe and others are collectors themselves.

The question, of course, is what lies ahead for Joe's collection? There's a lot of idealistic wishful thinking by those who want to see it preserved in the best possible way (myself included). Where are next week's winning Powerball numbers when we really need them?

Dust-to-Digital still as the digital version of "Fonotone Records: Frederick, Maryland (1956-1969)" available:
« Last Edit: June 07, 2022, 01:48:10 PM by Stuart »

Tags: Joe Bussard 

SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2024, SimplePortal