Living Country Blues by Harry Oster
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This volume is a master source for the total experience of the study of folk music, from Harry Oster––folk performer, producer, organizer, and more. For this text, Oster plays the part of the archive: his photographs and enthusiastic collection of lyrics, sheet music, and historical investigations into the roots of folk music and personal observation are brought together to officiate a selection of the much-obscured black roots of folk music. Oster’s access and perspective of appreciation, curiosity, and archival impulse come together here in a myriad of source texts and materials to draw at least one line to the bottom of his subject’s inception, and imply a certain future.
Photographs by Harry Oster.