:: Title :: Interview with Big Bill Broonzy on the record industry and playing in bands
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Broonzy, William Lee Conley (Big Bill) [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: Setting :: Bill Broonzy's hotel room
:: Location :: Paris (Ville-de-Paris), Ile-de-France (France)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Mississippi
:: Session :: Paris 5/52
:: Date :: 5/13/1952
:: Reference Information :: T1008.0, Track 2 (00:09:06)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - These recordings of Big Bill Broonzy were made by Alan Lomax in Broonzy's Paris hotel room while Alan was working at the Musee de l'Homme on Columbia Records' World Library of Folk and Primitive Music LP series. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Broonzy discusses the complications of the record industry and the constraints it places on the music's authenticity. "I gotta forget what I know, and try to do what he [the producer] tells me." Playing with bands adds an extra complication for blues players like Broonzy, who doesn't know about 6ths and 9ths and diminisheds. "I gotta sing that, or either starve to death in New York or Chicago!" [Source: Editor]
0 - Big Bill Broonzy speaks with Alan Lomax about the process of recording blues music with producers and other musicians. He explains the notion that people ask for things they do not actually wish to hear. His feeling is that people are more appreciative of a watered-down version of the authentic creation. Blues musicians are made to play as they are told to stay on the meal ticket. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Big Bill Broonzy 1952

 

 

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