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Offline uncle bud

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New Yorker article on Art Rosenbaum / Dust-to-Digital
« on: April 29, 2008, 07:20:57 AM »
For those who haven't seen word of this elsewhere, there is a substantial (long) article in the April 28 issue of the New Yorker about Art Rosenbaum, Dust-to-Digital's Lance Ledbetter (of Goodbye, Babylon fame ) and numerous people of interest to Weenies (Joe Bussard, Cora Mae Bryant etc etc). I enjoyed reading it last night as I knew relatively little about Rosenbaum and his field recordings.

You can see some photos here: http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/04/28/slideshow_080428_bilger/?slide=1&run=true&start=6#showHeader

You can also listen to a podcast interview here (haven't listened yet myself):
http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/04/28/080428on_audio_bilger

Offline Bald Melon Jefferson

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Re: New Yorker article on Art Rosenbaum / Dust-to-Digital
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 08:51:34 AM »
Thanks.
That poor fool Rosenbaum is playin a guitjo in that last shot.
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Re: New Yorker article on Art Rosenbaum / Dust-to-Digital
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 03:03:48 PM »
Hi Bald Melon,
Nope, that's a five-string banjo.  There are only four tuners in the head and you can see the fifth string peg half-way up the neck.
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Re: New Yorker article on Art Rosenbaum / Dust-to-Digital
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2008, 03:13:47 PM »
Hi John - There's a second photo of Rosenbaum where he is indeed holding a six-string banjo here: http://www.newyorker.com/online/2008/04/28/slideshow_080428_bilger/?slide=7#showHeader

Only proving he's a man of discerning taste.
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Re: New Yorker article on Art Rosenbaum / Dust-to-Digital
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2008, 03:19:30 PM »
Well, that is something!  It appears to be fretless, too, and I thought I had the only fretless banjo-guitar.  With friction pegs, too, I wouldn't have to tune that one.
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Re: New Yorker article on Art Rosenbaum / Dust-to-Digital
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2008, 02:11:22 AM »

Those Dust-To-Digital guys really make some fine releases. Hasn't got around to check out that Rosenbaum yet. Another great one:



There's a volume two coming up of Rosenbaum recordings too:

http://dust-digital.com/forthcoming.htm


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Re: New Yorker article on Art Rosenbaum / Dust-to-Digital
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008, 04:28:16 PM »
Y'all have got to read the article! I finally did, today. I won't spoil it by giving any quotes here, but you'll love it.

 


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