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Thread #80305   Message #1526226
Posted By: PoppaGator
23-Jul-05 - 10:25 AM
Thread Name: Review: Mayor of MacDougal - Van Ronk
Subject: RE: Review: Mayor of MacDougal - Van Ronk
I bought the book from Dick, read it, enjoyed it immensely, and have quoted from it in at least one Mudcat thread.

That discussion concerned the speeded-up recording of some 1920s-30s 78rpm singles ~ Van Ronk relates a great Mississippi John Hurt story about a song (Frankie's Blues) that MJH didn't really play at the impossibly fast tempo presented by the original record. The recording engineer had adjusted the speed to make the song fit on one side of a 78, and years later, a few blues-crazy guitar players drove themselves nuts trying to imitate what they were hearing. When John Hurt had been "rediscovered" and came to visit New York, he told the true story and set everyone straight.

I rarely buy books, relying on the public library to support my serious reading habit. Unfortunately, this wonderful book is not being purchased by the New Orleans Public Library, so I now own a copy. You should too!