Ethnic and Vernacular Music, 1898-1960: A Resource and Guide to Recordings

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Detailed information on almost all ethnic and vernacular recordings from many countries on 78rpm is provided in this seminal work. The current state of discographical research in this wide and varied field is such that a research tool of this nature is badly needed. Jesse Walter Fewkes and Mary Hemenway recorded Native American music as early as 1890; Bela Bartok recorded rural music in the Balkans; Erich von Hornbostel, the grand old man of ethnomusicology in Europe, recorded in Southeast Asia. More than just a discography, this work demonstrates that cultures around the world and over time have more similarities than differences. A necessity for scholars, students, archivists, and individual record collectors and dealers.

The goals of this volume are many and varied: to promote thought and discussion toward a concise definition of recorded ethnic music; to assist specialists working on individual discographical projects; to introduce users to the interconnectedness of cultures through regional music; to gather heretofore disparate pieces of information under one cover in a way that for the first time allows specialists to accurately identify all manner of recordings in many languages. The four sections of the volume work together for easy usage through cross referencing. The philosophy behind the volume was expressed by Rodney Gallop when he remarked that music, for him, was often the key to the understanding of other cultures.

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Provides private collectors and institutional libraries with the basic information needed to identify early ethnic and vernacular 78rpm recordings from around the world (with the exception of North American recordings of Blues, Cajun, Gospel, and white rural and syncretic music, which are well-documented elsewhere). The first chapter provides original company names, prefixes, and numerical blocks of issued 78rpm records; a list of reissues on CD, cassette, and vinyl; a bibliography; and footnotes. Next is an alphabetical and numerical list of major European record company prefixes and series. Full details of known reissues and a detailed glossary are provided in the next two chapters, while the final two chapters list gramophone company engineers and their overseas recording sessions and commercial recordings in African languages. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

PAUL VERNON is a freelance music consultant in England.

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Table of Contents




Countries, Territories and Linguistic Groups Listed in Chapter One

Countries, Regions and Ethnic Groups: A-Z

Record Companies (Brunswick, Columbia, Decca, Edison Bell, The Gramophone Company, Odeon, Parlophone, Pathe, Polydor, Telefunken, Zonophone)

Reissues on Compact Disc, Cassette and Vinyl


The Gramophone Company Engineers and Their Overseas Recording Sessions

Commercial Recordings in African Languages

Appendix 1: National Anthems

Appendix 2: Resource List


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