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On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:31 PM Randy A. Riddle <[log in to unmask]>
> I'm reaching out to members of ARSC that might be familiar with
> archival reissues of cd material.
> You may be aware of my work with Old Time Radio transcriptions
> (https://randsesotericotr.podbean.com), but I've been working for 25
> years on another research project that's drawing more of my attention.
> I've been researching the life and work of pioneering pre-Stonewall
> gay performer Ray (aka Rae) Bourbon.
> During his long career, which extended from 1910s vaudeville and
> silent movies to nightclubs in the 1960s, Ray self-published dozens of
> 78 rpm records and over a dozen lp records.
> In the 1990s, I networked with other collectors and got copies of most
> of Ray's recordings. While I was able to get some material direct to
> digital, a great deal came from second and third-hand cassette dubs.
> I uploaded the tracks to archive.org some time ago.
> Recently, there has cropped up the possibility of a film project based
> on my research on Ray. At the same time, I've been networking with
> collectors to get new direct-to-digital transfers of all of Ray's
> known work - about nine hours worth - and am in the process of working
> on audio restorations of the tracks.
> Originally, I was pulling together these new transfers to donate to an
> archives along with all of my original research material and
> memorabilia about Ray. Recently, with the possibility of film project
> that might come to fruition, I'm wondering if it's worth pursuing a
> commercial release of all or some of the material.
> The recordings range from the mid-1930s to 1965, and show Ray's
> routines and songs evolving over time. I know they would be of value
> to researchers on pre-Stonewall Gay performers and culture and to fans
> of this type of material, but I'm wondering if the interest might be a
> little broader than that because of the breadth and depth of the
> I'm interested in getting some advice from list members that have done
> reissues, mainly about the logistics involved and possible forms a
> release might take, either from an existing reissue label interested
> in the material to a Kickstarter to a digital only release.
> Please contact me off-list if you could offer some opinions and advice
> on this and I can send you some background info and some questions I'm
> mulling over.
> Many thanks!
> Randy A. Riddle
> Mebane, NC
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