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After years of consideration I've come to the conclusion that, within limits, gear is more important as a topic of conversation than as a way of making music. It's just not that important - Chris Smither

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Offline banjochris

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Re: Sam Collins Lyrics
« Reply #120 on: October 14, 2020, 11:32:44 PM »
The appropriation of songs for the purpose of getting the publishing rights that you spoke of, Chris, happened in contexts other than commercial recordings, too. Think of all the songs that John Lomax "co-wrote" with Leadbelly.

Absolutely! I'm also not sure that it was always a bad thing – Peer did OK by many of his artists, for instance, certainly better than the way artists like Buddy Moss and Blind Boy Fuller were paid.

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Re: Sam Collins Lyrics
« Reply #121 on: October 16, 2020, 12:49:11 PM »
Anyhow, I find this feature of D,G& R fascinating, and wonder if anyone else does, too.

I imagine every one of us who owns a copy feels the same way.  You can exercise your imagination even more by looking for gaps in the master number sequence for a given session - there are 9 untraced masters in the Paramount sequence for May 28, 1930, when Son House, Willie Brown, and Louise Johnson were recording (though 2 of these are probably Grandma Blues and Sorry Blues).  You can let your imagination run wild picturing who may have recorded what in that blank spot.

That book was last revised 23 years ago, and new information has continued to be uncovered.  I know the economics of publishing aren't what they used to be, but I sure would spring for an updated book.

Being a jug band freak a section that interests me is the Index to Accompanists, which comes all the way at the end. A while back I used it to compile a list of jug and "imitation bass" players, as well as, in the following post, a discography of Alfred Elkins's career on the imb (imitation bass, or generally, washtub bass):

If you are interested in seeing the list of every artist that Lonnie Johnson accompanied, say, or Charley McCoy, just check their entry in this Index. If you then follow back to the discographies you can follow throuh their career, as I did with Elkins, and you get a real sense of the other musicians that they played with regularly, what companies and cities they recorded in, etc. I think it gives a richer understanding of the scene.

I remember Alan B talking about the unlikelyhood of a hard copy 5th edition being published as the obvious direction is for it to be digital and online. Who knows if someone will come forward to take up this task but it would sure make it easier to work with. I visually scanned every entry (30 pages worth) looking for a "j" or an "imb" to make the jug & washtub bass player list.

I turn to B&GR almost anytime there is a discussion on WC about the players in a specific recording.

Enjoy, Johnm!

BTW, which is the approved abbreviation: B&GR or DG&R?

Moderators: There seem to be two Tags for Alfred Elkins.

« Last Edit: October 17, 2020, 01:36:43 AM by waxwing »
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