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Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music (2015)

by Barry Mazor

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Before reading this book, I was aware of Ralph Peer as the man who fist recorded and sold what we call roots music today, the man who recorded Jimmie Rodgers and the original Carter Family, among others. I did not realize what a peripatetic life he led or the catholicity of his musical taste. He made Okeh Records a success, published popular and classical music in multiple genres, and founded the first music publishing company with a global reach.Then there is his personal life... ( )
  nmele | Jan 20, 2016 |
This is a fascinating and insightful book that shows the great innovations of Ralph Peer in the music industry. It covers many areas I was unfamiliar with in a concise, informative and clear manner. Well written and with high production values, I highly recommend it. ( )
  Romis78 | Jun 2, 2015 |
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Built Along the Same Lines"

In 1955 folklorist John Greenway sent a letter to the celebrated A&R man and music producer Ralph S. Peer, pressing him to assess his own impact on American music over the previous thirty-five years or so -- specifically on "folk music."
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