Monday, 15 October 2007

YouTube - To Hear Your Banjo Play

YouTube - To Hear Your Banjo Play[youtube]
When you tell folks how, should the future ever discover what we sold out on them, they'd never forgive us, you get stares of disbelief. "What ever could you mean?" they say, unable to fathom a world without CD players and iPods.

"Infernal machines," John Philip Sousa called them. Prepackaged Pop for Now People, "The soundtrack of over-consumption," said Matthew Herbert.

Well, here's a glimpse of the last shadows of that earlier world, the 1947 Alan Lomax films out of the field recordings made before radio forever changed these voices. You can't tell me you would rather walk around with 'beans' in your ears.