I brought John Powell mater up as a musical matter. The effect his
political attitudes had on his music and music making as it affects his
musical reputation and, collaterally, the interest in and value of his
recordings is pertinent.
The polemical discussion that has evolved from this purpose has led us far
afield, perhaps beyond the bound of this listserv.
From: Clark Johnsen
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:48 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] FW: John Powell
On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:22 PM, HistorischeAufnahmen <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Yes but the "left" abandoned these racial attitudes before the Second
> World War and the "right" has made them the centerpiece of their program
John Powell for all his life was a Democrat. Sen. Robert Byrd (D) rose to a
high position in that party yet was throughout WWII a Grand Kleagle. Byrd
even refused to join the military because he might have to serve alongside
“race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.” As
recently as 2005, in his memoir, Byrd describes the KKK as a fraternal
assembly of "upstanding people". He was the only senator to vote against
both African-American Supreme Court nominees Thurgood Marshall and Clarence
Who on "the right" or even in the Republican party can boast such a record?
> Alan Carrier
> Sent from my iphone so please
> ascribe typos to autocorrect.
> On Aug 28, 2013, at 2:10 PM, "L. Hunter Kevil" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Just a comment about John Powell as a "right-wing" racialist agitator.
> > In
> > fact the eugenics movement of the early part of the last century - the
> > of this racial madness - was created and developed by progressives such
> > Margaret Sanger, Woodrow Wilson, and others. Their ideas and laws were
> > opposed by conservatives, particularly Christian ones. The left often
> > to conceal its parentage.
> > L. H. Kevil
> > On Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM, David Lewis <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >> In general the collectability of anything classical has declined
> sharply in
> >> the past decade. Powell, however, has
> >> been generally forgotten, and those who are aware of who he is are also
> >> aware of his activities as an extreme
> >> right-wing agitator. So top dollar might be out of the question these
> >> maybe settle for an offer made by someone
> >> who wants them.
> >> Dave Lewis
> >> On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 1:06 PM, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]>
> >> wrote:
> >>> _____
> >>> From: Steve Smolian [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> >>> Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 8:49 AM
> >>> To: Smolian
> >>> Subject: John Powell
> >>> I've just obtained copies of two privately made John Powell 78 sets-
> >>> Mozart
> >>> Ssonata , K. 311 (4s) and 3 pieces by Powell (3 12" 78s) and Schumann
> >>> Humoresque . op. 20 (4 78s) . He was a Lescheizky pupil, highly
> >>> and an American composer well known during his lifetime (1882-1963)
> >>> These were once considered among the most collectible of U.S. piano
> >>> records.
> >>> In the past, I've sold each set at a price in the lower four figures.
> >> I've
> >>> not heard them mentioned in years. I couldn't find them in Popsike
> >>> they still so highly regarded or has time applied the soft pedal to
> >>> reputation?
> >>> I'll consider offers.
> >>> Steve Smolian