There are a number of good compilations available. One of the best (in my opinion) is Bear Family's Songs of the Depresssion: Boom, Bust, and the New Deal.
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] the league of young musicologists & music from the 20s NEEDED
There are so many records that could be considered as candidates. They range from topical songs (women's hair styles, miniature golf, crossword
puzzles) to historical songs & ballads (Lindbergh, the League of Nations, the KKK) to technology (telephones, motion pictures,
submarines) and much, much more.
If you have specific requests, feel free to contact us. We have a pretty large archive of material outside the mainstream on both disc and cylinder formats.
Sounds like a great idea!
On 8/14/2018 2:46 PM, David Katznelson wrote:
> Dear ARSC-ers,
> Last year we (two ARSC members) piloted a program teaching 8th graders
> about the Great Depression using music recorded during that time. We
> reached out to the list during this project for questions about
> specific songs. Todd Harvey at the Library of Congress helped us a
> great deal to find recordings that we used. We divided an 84 student
> class into 21 groups, giving each group a track to study. They were
> asked to transcribe the lyrics of the track, research the performer
> (s), writer (s), the engineer, and generally unlock the mystery and
> stories of the song as a musicologist might. We even called the
> students the first cohort of The League Of Young Musicologists.
> Our premise, which we are sure many of you will relate to, was that
> music can tell the stories of our lives…of our history and our
> humanity…better than anything else. The students gathered pictures,
> articles, self-made drawings and other ephemera about the material and
> were tasked to write a final essay for each track. We then had Barbara
> Bersche (designer of amazing box sets like ALAN LOMAX IN HAITI, PAUL
> BOWLES IN MORACCO, and the most recent set of Bill Ferris’ life work)
> take all that the students found and create an incredible book/CD package for the students to keep.
> The school….the students…their parents…had never seen anything like
> it. The feedback we got was pretty great all around.
> We are going to repeat this curriculum next year and we are looking to
> potentially offer a small amount of finished book/CD packages for
> public consumption (obviously getting the rights to do so) making the
> students graduate junior high with a publishing credit.
> So here is why we are telling you all of this. We are going to focus
> on the 20s this year and we are beginning the process of finding
> tracks that can tell stories about that era. We are reaching out to
> all of you…especially those who oversee music archives that might have
> recordings that fit this project or that know where there are
> recordings that fit this project—to help us get our track list
> together. We prefer recordings that have not had much public
> distribution (makes the recordings less googleable and makes the
> research seem more meaningful to the kids). We are definitely
> interested in the obscure. Last year, one group tracked down an
> obscure singer that was in a quartet that John Lomax recorded in the
> 1930s to his church in San Antonio, to a niece that was still living.
> We received a photo of the singer later in life...and suddenly for the students, history came alive.
> We hope to hear from you!
> David Katznelson & Skip Walter
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