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Author Topic: Mack McCormick  (Read 2839 times)

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Offline Pan

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Mack McCormick
« on: March 30, 2009, 02:04:47 PM »
I came across this article on blues researcher Mack McCormick, on another forum, and thought some of you might be interested in it.

http://www.houstonpress.com/2008-11-20/news/the-collector-mack-mccormick-s-huge-archive-of-culture-and-lore/

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Offline Rivers

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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2009, 03:21:39 PM »
Great article. I was beginning to think Mr McCormick had disappeared forever. Personally I don't mind if his archives eventually end up at UT since I live 10 minutes away, but wouldn't it be great if he could get more recognition and publishing in his lifetime.

The good thing is at least the archives do exist, I believe we were wondering about that last year. Check out all the Mack tags on the site: http://weeniecampbell.com/yabbse/index.php?amp;Itemid=128&action=tags;id=47
« Last Edit: March 30, 2009, 03:23:47 PM by Rivers »

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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2009, 08:13:59 PM »
Great article. A maniac after me own heart. I've also been fascinated with the periodic appearances of clusters of great talent. I 've wondered what began and fueled them, why they petered out, why they happened where they did.
His genealogical analysis of Houston piano playing is a remarkable attempt to reconstruct an extremely important phenomenon. One seminal figure, sometimes two or three usually seems to be the catalyst for these up-croppings.
Charlie Patton, Son House, Willie Brown?  Willie Walker, Gary Davis? Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh?
its something I'd like to spend time on in another life.
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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2009, 09:42:32 AM »
Yeah nicely complements the Michael Hall interview "Mack McCormick Still Has the Blues" in Texas Monthly (April 2002, p.113-117 & 165-168) which I think I alluded to in an earlier McCormick discussion but at the time couldn't face attempting an OCR.  :(

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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2009, 01:34:24 PM »
I would certainly have a drink with a man that have met Henry Thomas! Wish some of these stories could get published. Great article.



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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2009, 08:56:42 PM »
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful article. I just e-mailed John Lomax. Does anybody realize that the author of the article is John Lomax? That's awkwardly beautiful and great!
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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2009, 12:31:19 AM »
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful article. I just e-mailed John Lomax. Does anybody realize that the author of the article is John Lomax? That's awkwardly beautiful and great!
Yeah he's John Lomax's grandson, John Lomax III, and has been a music journalist since the early 80s and had a couple of books published about country music.

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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2009, 10:47:26 PM »
Wow! That's just amazing and wonderful! I feel like a jerk, because I e-mailed the man and asked him if he's aware of the meaning his last name has in the world of Blues. Haha
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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2009, 01:25:47 AM »
Wow! That's just amazing and wonderful! I feel like a jerk, because I e-mailed the man and asked him if he's aware of the meaning his last name has in the world of Blues. Haha
Why should you feel a 'jerk'? Maybe he'll reply and tell you lots of interesting things you can pass on to us!  ;)

Offline jostber

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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2009, 01:47:50 AM »
We need a writer!

McCormick is alive and well and living in Houston, Texas.  Most of McCormick's archives remain unpublished, and thus McCormick welcomes serious inquiries that would result in the preservation and publishing of his archives so that the public could benefit from them.

http://www.mackmccormick.org/

An organized one.  :)



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Re: Mack McCormick
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2012, 01:14:35 AM »
Wow! That's just amazing and wonderful! I feel like a jerk, because I e-mailed the man and asked him if he's aware of the meaning his last name has in the world of Blues. Haha

Did you ever get an answer to this? :) And any updates on more releases of McCormick's material?


 


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