Race Records is on its way to press (releasing in late April), and we’re now gearing up for our next 2016 titles.
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The New Paramount Book of the Blues:
The Most Elusive Recording Artists
on Paramount’s Race Records
By Alex Van Der Tuuk
The author of Paramount’s Rise and Fall does some expert sleuthing to uncover the long-forgotten stories of Paramount’s most elusive race-record artists — those performers who have proven to be, in Alex’s words, “the ultimate frustration” for many researchers.
This is an entirely new work, based upon an incredible amount of original research, and more than a little persistence in tracking down obscure leads. As you’d expect from Alex, the book is deeply detailed, meticulously documented, and richly illustrated. The opening portion of the manuscript is now in-house, and we’re preparing for a summer 2016 release.
Orlando R. Marsh: Chicago’s Pioneer of
An Illustrated History and Discography
by Richard Raichelson
Although known to modern collectors mainly for his classic jazz recordings by the likes of King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton, and his work for Paramount, there’s much more to Orlando Marsh’s story. Noted author and historian Richard Raichelson delves deep to uncover that remarkable tale, while also exploring Chicago’s recording industry in general during the 1920s and early 1930s, as well as the technical aspects of Marsh’s work.
Included is the first fully detailed, professionally compiled and vetted discography of Marsh’s recordings. Based on extensive original research, Richard’s new book is a treasure-trove of fascinating data and rare illustrations, much of it published here for the first time.