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Offline TenBrook

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Article on Gospel Music preservation project
« on: October 03, 2019, 02:44:33 PM »
Hi all,
I recently came across this article on a Gospel Music preservation project being undertaken by Baylor University in Waco, Texas and thought I'd share it here:
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/archive-saved-black-gospel-golden-age

Offline alyoung

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Re: Article on Gospel Music preservation project
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2019, 02:47:42 AM »
http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/portal/collection/fa-gospel

I rather suspect Darden overestimates the amount of recorded music that is permanently lost. I've been collecting gospel for 30 years or so, and I'm still amazed at how many recordings have been found .. and are continuing to be found. Fairly much all the pre-war gospel has been preserved, as has much from the 40s, 50s and even into the 60s. Where it gets tricky is from the late 60s on -- especially thru the 1970s and 80s -- with the explosion in "custom"/"vanity" recordings -- issues privately made by the artists and usually with limited distribution. As no record company data exists for most of these, it's simply impossible to know what was made ... and so to know what's missing. But sites such as eBay, Popsike et al are constantly popping up surprises.



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