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ARSCLIST October 2009

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Re: Subversive recordings

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Marie O'Connell <[log in to unmask]>

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Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 22 Oct 2009 23:06:50 +1300

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Thanks so much for all answers and great help.

Cheers
Marie

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 3:56 AM, Dave Lewis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> >The Arkansas bit, by the way, is an old burlesque routine and was>
> > undoubtedly recorded many times by this underground form of
> entertainment.>
>
> The main version of this is "Mr. Speaker," a reasonably common party
> record issued on both the Zest and on an anonymous pressing. As per
> David Diehl's Blue Pages, the artist is known as "The Arkansas
> Traveler":
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> --------
>
> The ARKANSAS TRAVELER
>
> This orator introduces himself as "The Arkansas Traveler" on Signifying
> Monkey. In his book Pissing in the Snow and Other Ozark Folktales, Vance
> Randolph collected "Senator Johnson's Great Speech" recited by one H. A.
> Converse in Little Rock, AR. It is noted that the gentleman had a
> manuscript copy in hand but delivered the speech from memory. Whether it
> is he or some other "razorback" on these records is not known but the
> recording of Mr. Speaker is very similar to the published speech of the
> mythical senator. It has been conjectured that this was a satire written
> by Samuel Clemens upon the occasion of the Arkansas legislature's
> establishment of the official pronunciation of the state's name in 1881.
> Arkans-ASS seems to have lost out in the early balloting; as a
> consolation Mr. Buttbuster's Complaint is recommended.
> -Monolog ca. 1945-6. All known issues are anonymous.
> Mr. Speaker ZEST unnumbered, LD unnumbered (102-A) (135), *** unnumbered
> (15), *** PL 102-B (PL-102-B)
> -as The Speaker OFF THE RECORD unnumbered (305), JOY 619, *** unnumbered
> (305)
> -as Speaker *** unnumbered (128) (PL 102-B), *** unnumbered (2073 P.P)
> (NX1-2)
> -Monolog.
> Mr. Buttbuster's Troubles Part 1 *** PL 106-A
> Mr. Buttbuster's Troubles Part 2 *** PL 106-B
> -with guitar accomp.
> Signifying Monkey Part 1 *** PL 107-A
> Signifying Monkey Part 2 *** PL 107-B
>
> Forwarded by:
>
> David "Uncle Dave" Lewis
>
> Assistant Editor, Classical
>
> Rovi Corporation
>
> Rovi. The new name for Macrovision.
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Marie O'Connell
> Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:55 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Subversive recordings
>
> Ummmmmm ??
>
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 7:46 PM, Paul G Turney <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > Paul Turney
> >
> > Sirensound Digital UK
> > Somerford House
> > 22 Somerford Road
> > Cirencester
> > ++44 (0) 1285 642289
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Marie O'Connell [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 07:41 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Subversive recordings
> >
> > That is Bill and Betty! (Newlyweds) The recording I have is 1 week
> > beforethey get wed! Sorry, but I have to laugh out loud! We rarely get
> > thismaterial in our archive and so this is enligthening and definitely
> one
> > ofthe better finds to make me smile! I will need to also think of
> > anappropriate way to put them in the database!What I really want to
> know is
> > who was that phantom donor? Was he the pakehainterviewer in the
> historical
> > recordings where he is interviewing a 100 yearold Maori, including a
> Maori
> > translator? I love mysteries! Will keep youposted.Thanks for all the
> great
> > replies!CheersMarieOn Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 5:57 PM, Ian Nagoski
> wrote:> In
> > addition, there's a pretty extensive YouTube channel of this>
> material:
> > http://www.youtube.com/user/PartyRecords#p/u/1/pGSzdPrIwxM>> On Tue,
> Oct
> > 20, 2009 at 11:55 PM, Jack Theakston> wrote:> > I've no idea who Bill
> and
> > Betty were, but these records were quite common> and popular before
> the
> > 1960s. They were essentially "under the table"> records that were
> considered
> > smut at the time, so you had to know someone or> some place that would
> sell
> > them.> >> > The Arkansas bit, by the way, is an old burlesque routine
> and
> > was> undoubtedly recorded many times by this underground form of
> > entertainment.> My guess is that Bill and Betty were a
> > burlesque/party/convention circuit> couple that did these jokes
> regularly.>
> > >> > J. Theakston> >> >> >> >> > ________________________________> >
> From:
> > Marie O'Connell > > To: [log in to unmask]> > Sent: Tue,
> October
> > 20, 2009 8:08:34 PM> > Subject: [ARSCLIST] Subversive recordings> >> >
> I
> > recently preserved two sound mirror paper analogue tapes that were> >
> > accessioned into our collection a short while ago. The main audio of>
> >
> > historical interest has been recorded over in parts and this is where
> I>
> > need> > your help.> >> > There is a series of about six 78rpm
> recordings
> > that have been put on to> > these tapes. This is obvious due to the
> > distinctive clicks and pops and> > surface noise combined with this
> old
> > paper tape stock. One recording> > features Bill and Betty who are
> soon to
> > be married.........it goes on> from> > there! They have American
> accents and
> > I would place the date at being> > around the early 1950's, but that
> is hard
> > to pinpoint as there is no> > documentation at all. I would describe
> this as
> > an example of early> > pornography.> >> > Another example is about
> changing
> > the name of Arkansas. It features a> male> > voice with an American
> accent.
> > The language used is colourful and would> > probably still not be able
> to be
> > played over the airwaves today.> >> > And yet another recording
> features a
> > male and female, with American> accents> > (they do sound like Bill
> and
> > Betty!) and it is full of innuendos and very> > suggestive lines. Some
> of
> > the language in the remainder of the examples> > includes words which
> would
> > not be suitable for public broadcast.> >> > Would any of you have any
> ideas
> > about these recordings, where and how> they> > were made (eg.
> blackmarket,
> > back alley studio), where they were sold,> etc.> > It is not that
> difficult
> > to figure out who would buy them! Is anyone> > familiar with 78
> recordings
> > such as these?> >> > Cheers> > Marie> >>
> >
>

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