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Lost Sounds
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Available in paperback for the first time, this groundbreaking in-depth history of the involvement of African Americans in the early recording industry examines the first three decades of sound recording in the United States, charting the surprising roles black artists played in the period leading up to the Jazz Age and the remarkably wide range of black music and culture they preserved._x000B__x000B_Applying more than thirty years of scholarship, Tim Brooks identifies key black artists who recorded commercially and provides illuminating biographies for some forty of these audio pioneers. Brooks assesses the careers and recordings of George W. Johnson, Bert Williams, George Walker, Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, W. C. Handy, James Reese Europe, Wilbur Sweatman, Harry T. Burleigh, Roland Hayes, Booker T. Washington, and boxing champion Jack Johnson, as well as a host of lesser-known voices. Many of these pioneers faced a difficult struggle to be heard in an era of rampant discrimination and "the color line," and their stories illuminate the forces--both black and white--that gradually allowed African Americans greater entree into the mainstream American entertainment industry. The book also discusses how many of these historic recordings are withheld from the public today because of stringent U.S. copyright laws._x000B__x000B_Lost Sounds includes Brooks's selected discography of CD reissues, and an appendix by Dick Spottswood describing early recordings by black artists in the Caribbean and South America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed?
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Part One George W. Johnson, The First Black Recording Artist
  2. p. 13
  1. 1 The Early Years
  2. pp. 15-25
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  1. 2 Talking Machines!
  2. pp. 26-49
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  1. 3 The Trial of George W. Johnson
  2. pp. 49-71
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  1. Part Two Black Recording Artists, 1890–99
  2. p. 73
  1. 4 The Unique Quartette
  2. pp. 75-82
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  1. 5 Louis “Bebe” Vasnier: Recording in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans
  2. pp. 83-92
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  1. 6 The Standard Quartette and South before the War
  2. pp. 92-102
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  1. 7 The Kentucky Jubilee Singers
  2. pp. 103-105
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  1. 8 Bert Williams and George Walker
  2. pp. 105-148
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  1. 9 Cousins and DeMoss
  2. pp. 148-150
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  1. 10 Thomas Craig
  2. pp. 151-152
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  1. Part Three Black Recording Artists, 1900–1909
  2. p. 153
  1. 11 The Dinwiddie Quartet
  2. pp. 155-159
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  1. 12 Carroll Clark
  2. pp. 159-172
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  1. 13 Charley Case: Passing for White?
  2. pp. 172-191
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  1. 14 The Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Popularization of Negro Spirituals
  2. pp. 192-215
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  1. 15 Polk Miller and His Old South Quartette
  2. pp. 215-233
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  1. Part Four Black Recording Artists, 1910–15
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  1. 16 Jack Johnson
  2. pp. 237-254
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  1. 17 Daisy Tapley
  2. pp. 254-258
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  1. 18 Apollo Jubilee Quartette
  2. pp. 258-259
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  1. 19 Edward Sterling Wright and the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar
  2. pp. 260-267
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  1. 20 James Reese Europe
  2. pp. 267-292
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  1. 21 Will Marion Cook and the Afro-American Folk Song Singers
  2. pp. 292-299
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  1. 22 Dan Kildare and Joan Sawyer’s Persian Garden Orchestra
  2. pp. 299-320
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  1. 23 The Tuskegee Institute Singers
  2. pp. 320-327
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  1. 24 The Right Quintette
  2. pp. 327-333
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  1. Part Five Black Recording Artists, 1916–19
  2. p. 335
  1. 25 Wilbur C. Sweatman: Disrespecting Wilbur
  2. pp. 337-354
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  1. 26 Opal D. Cooper
  2. pp. 355-363
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  1. 27 Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake
  2. pp. 363-395
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  1. 28 Ford T. Dabney: Syncopation over Broadway
  2. pp. 395-409
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  1. 29 W. C. Handy
  2. pp. 410-465
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  1. 30 Roland Hayes
  2. pp. 466-452
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  1. 31 The Four Harmony Kings
  2. pp. 452-463
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  1. 32 Broome Special Phonograph Records
  2. pp. 464-470
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  1. 33 Edward H. Boatner
  2. pp. 470-472
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  1. 34 Harry T. Burleigh
  2. pp. 473-485
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  1. 35 Florence Cole-Talbert
  2. pp. 486-488
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  1. 36 R. Nathaniel Dett
  2. pp. 488-492
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  1. 37 Clarence Cameron White
  2. pp. 492-496
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  1. Part Six Other Early Recordings
  2. p. 497
  1. 38 Miscellaneous Recordings
  2. pp. 499-522
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  1. Appendix: Caribbean and South American Recordings
  2. pp. 523-530
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 531-579
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  1. Select CD Discography
  2. pp. 581-587
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 589-594
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 595-634
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