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Hurt would introduce 'Coffee Blues' by declaring that his favorite coffee was Maxwell House because it was 'good till the last drop.' This is the kind of song that comes with a wink and a nudge. At the Gaslight, the mug Hurt would bring to the stage was not filled with coffee, but with a spot of whiskey. - John Milward, notes from Mississippi John Hurt, The Complete Studio Recordings

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Offline Vermonter

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digitizing the Boston Public Library Collection
« on: October 27, 2017, 10:12:48 AM »
Anybody know anything more about this? Any possibility of some blues discoveries? Looks like we'll have to live a while longer to find out.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/boston-public-library-vinyl-digitization?

Offline oddenda

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Re: digitizing the Boston Public Library Collection
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 05:47:21 PM »
I would not get too excited - this sounds like a collection of commercial recordings only... no field recordings. That's my initial response!

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Offline Stuart

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Re: digitizing the Boston Public Library Collection
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 04:34:49 PM »
The chances of finding something previously unknown, but that we're interested in, are pretty slim as Peter says. However, it's certainly a worthy endeavor that will preserve an important part of social and cultural history. And one never knows what is hidden in the archives.

There was a short piece on TV out here about something tangential:

http://crosscut.com/2017/08/record-collection-japanese-immigrants-music-jccw/

https://kcts9.org/programs/borders-heritage-local-stories/records-history-music-collection-early-japanese-immigrant

One thing mentioned that I hadn't been aware of was that some of the records were pressed with only one side having music. The other side was blank.

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