The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1927, Volume 1

The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1927, Volume 1

Alex Van Der Tuuk, Scott Blackwood


How did a Wisconsin chair corporation, generating documents at the affordable and run by means of males with little wisdom in their viewers or the tune enterprise, construct one of many maximum musical rosters ever assembled less than one roof? the reply lies in ‘The upward thrust and Fall of Paramount documents 1917-1932,’ this epic, two-volume omnibus of paintings, phrases and song housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder, to be together published via Jack White’s 3rd guy files and John Fahey’s Revenant documents. ‘Volume One,’ covers the label’s unbelievable upward push from 1917-1927.

Paramount documents was once based on a modest proposition: produce files as cost effectively as attainable, recording no matter what expertise was once to be had. Over its lifetime, the label could develop into a “race records” powerhouse, its sound and fortunes without delay associated with the nice Migration.

By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers nonetheless unmatched to this present day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, fat Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son condo, pass James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable “other” (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas). Paramount could additionally without delay effect the fashion of Robert Crumb and numerous different twentieth century artists and illustrators, via a chain of hand-drawn advertisements selling its releases within the pages of the Chicago Defender.

The ‘Rise and Fall’ wonder-cabinet offers equivalent prestige to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; unique and newly created photograph artwork; business layout; and compelling analog and electronic song studies. ‘Volume One’ includes the subsequent:

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