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Friday, April 18, 2014

Blues for Breakfast

UpdateNYT just posted blog piece by the chief researcher on this story, Caitlin Love, on one of her chases.  Don't miss.

Earlier: Some may be looking at their newly-delivered NYT right now and notice that the Sunday magazine's cover story is "The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie."  It's a lengthy and remarkable story of two black women who recorded a total of six blues numbers, vocals and guitar, around 1930, that have knocked out listeners when they were re-discovered quite a few years back, and posed a mystery re: who they were, how the records (few of which survive) came to be, and what the heck happened to the two women.  But make sure you that the Times has done what their cool multimedia things online with video and a lot of audio and extra photos.  And here's one of those classics, in minor key but oh so major, which promoted the mystery when used the Crumb doc back in the 1990s.

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