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The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie
New York Times Magazine, by John Jeremiah Sullivan

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/13/2014 5:30:15 AM

IN THE WORLD of early-20th-century African-American music and people obsessed by it, who can appear from one angle like a clique of pale and misanthropic scholar-gatherers and from another like a sizable chunk of the human population, there exist no ghosts more vexing than a couple of women identified on three ultrarare records made in 1930 and ’31 as Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley. There are musicians as obscure as Wiley and Thomas, and musicians as great, but in none does the Venn diagram of greatness and lostness reveal such vast and bewildering co-extent. In the spring of 1930, in

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There is audio, scratchy but intriguing.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Wetenschapper, 4/13/2014 7:33:58 AM     (No. 9808932)

Thanks for posting. Long a fan of such blues luminaries as Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin´ Hopkins, Leadbelly, and Blind Lemon Jefferson, I found the music (shame it´s relegated to the background!) intriguing indeed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: texaspast, 4/13/2014 9:10:30 AM     (No. 9809020)

Thanks, Stormy, for posting this.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Gallo3, 4/13/2014 12:55:09 PM     (No. 9809260)

Fabulous, especially for musicians.

Really guid stuff here. Thanks OP.

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