Monday, March 24, 2008

Big Road Blues has a very interesting post about The George Mitchell Collection of blues field recordings made in the 1960's. Since reading In Search of the Blues I have been conscious of some of the motives of the people who went into the field to record "authentic" music, and the post addresses this:
"Mitchell had the passion and drive to seek out these folks, and unlike some folklorists didn’t use the music to reinforce his own theories, he simply let the musicians speak for themselves and judging by the recordings they clearly responded to Mitchell’s sincerity (being a southerner probably didn’t hurt as well)."
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