Month: December 2014

Handwritten Lyrics

Handwritten Lyrics

One can occasionally get a glimpse into the creative process by looking at early drafts of books or listening to demo recordings. Sometimes authors sketch out germinal ideas for novels in notebooks or even onto napkins. Later these might get fleshed out into larger drafts that eventually make their way to an editor and finally…

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Blues Box Sets

Blues Box Sets

Always wanted one of the great blues box sets, but don’t have an extra $500 lying around?! Among the more than 70,000 audio recordings housed in the Blues Archive are a number of exquisitely produced box sets.      The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records Volume 1, produced by Revenant and Third Man Records,…

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North Mississippi Music Collections

North Mississippi Music Collections

From 2007 – 2010 three members from the Library of Congress, Michael Taft, David Taylor, and Guha Shanker, along with David Wharton from our Center for the Study of Southern Culture led three Field School for Cultural Documentation programs. These intensive field schools focused on teaching participants how to properly collect oral histories, interview subjects, operate…

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