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Author Topic: Mack McCormick R.I.P.  (Read 2026 times)

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Offline Stuart

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Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« on: November 23, 2015, 03:45:13 PM »
From Tony Russell via the PWBG:

"News just in, which some of you may not have received yet, that Mack McCormick died on November 18. This is a huge loss, both to vernacular music scholarship and to those who knew Mack as a friend.

TR"

And via Mary Katherine Aldin:

http://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/rip-mack-mccormick/
« Last Edit: November 23, 2015, 04:00:17 PM by Stuart »

Offline Fkeller

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2015, 05:04:44 PM »
One of the most amazing experiences of my life was spending a weekend with him in May of 2014.  He'll be missed.  One hopes his legacy will live on and grow.

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2015, 11:09:08 PM »
Extremely lengthy interview conducted by John Nova Lomax but stick with it


Offline harry

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2015, 03:10:10 AM »
Sad to hear this news. Thanks Mack, for everything you've done for the blues.

The Mack McCormick Archive Foundation states that at this time the fate of McCormick's vast unpublished archives remains uncertain.

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2015, 12:27:55 PM »
No one should think that anything is going to change involving the availability of his research.  His research isn't going to be donated to a university or made available to the public.  We all clearly read where his daughter will be wanting top dollar for his research though there are only a few thousand people who listen to old country blues.  Not everyone who loves to listen to these wonderful musicians actually care about the research, they are in it for the music which is just fine.  It further reduces the money available.  Some researchers feel they have spent enough of their money doing research and being the trailblazers we so admire, and rightfully so.  Unfortunately the money isn't there.  It will likely collect dust for the foreseeable future. 

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2015, 12:38:14 PM »
RIP, here is to a job well done.  Life wasn't easy for Mack but he battled through his demons to collect a mountain of research and made the most of his time on this lil blue ball as he possibly could.  Agree with tinpanallygurl though, Susannah McCormick was quite hysterical when she posted some months ago.  However, if there is a zillionare on here looking to drop a couple of hundred thousand she might let it go.

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2015, 12:43:51 PM »
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 12 at 12:30 p.m. at Dignity Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079; 281/497-2210. - See more at: http://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/rip-mack-mccormick/#sthash.vrGjOOig.dpuf

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2015, 02:19:41 AM »
I am a pessimist and expect his shit to end up in some dumpsters because nobody REALLY gives a damn in the grand scheme of things. I know that feeling!

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2015, 03:32:08 AM »
I am a pessimist and expect his shit to end up in some dumpsters because nobody REALLY gives a damn

His shit? I know how you feel but don't understand such a comment, particularly from a fellow blues scholar.
I really care and I know a lot more people too, especially on this site. Isn't there something Weenie Campbell could do (join forces, contact Peter Guralnick who had acces to his archive etc.) or am I being to optimistic?

I can't believe it was actually Mack who unplugged (during rehearsal) Bob Dylan and the Butterfield blues band at Newport. I always thought it was Pete Seeger.
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/RIP-Mack-McCormick-The-man-who-unplugged-Dylan-6655232.php#photo-9014357

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2015, 05:07:45 AM »

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2015, 10:38:42 AM »
A hundred Gs ot so is chump change for the U of Texas for example, but she's going to have to let people SEE what's in there!
Sorry about Mack. Perhaos he made provisions for his archive?
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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2015, 11:20:20 AM »
I just hope that Mack didn't suffer. I've seen first hand what esophageal cancer does to a person and it's not a pretty picture.

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Re: Mack McCormick R.I.P.
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2015, 06:39:41 AM »
Alex LaRotta Presents "Finding Mack McCormick"


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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2015, 07:49:32 AM »

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