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Thread #157373   Message #3713798
Posted By: Lighter
01-Jun-15 - 08:15 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Chanteys in the R.W. Gordon papers
No further details, Gibb. Gordon was interested in both texts and tunes, but he seems to have transcribed no tunes from his recordings and only a few texts. He received more material a few years later from various readers when he was conducting a column in the pulp "Adventure" magazine called "Old Songs that Men Have Sung."

As far as I can tell, "Adventure" is available only on microfilm from the L of C. I've seen a handful of Gordon's columns. He includes no tunes.

Instead of asserting that "many" of the cylinders are broken or inaudible, I should have double-checked and said "some." Acc. to an inventory made by the Archive in the '70s (I think), most of the cylinders are at least in "fair" condition, and some are "very good" and a few are "excellent." (Rather like Carpenter's, I guess.)

I haven't heard these cylinders.

Gordon wrote a series of articles on chanteys for the N.Y. Times years later. I need to look at these again to see exactly what's in them.

Gordon's complete collection is enormous: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/Gordon/Manuscript.html

The U. of Oregon also holds some of his material.

Surely someone is editing it?