Cover for WADE: The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. Click for larger imageOn September 10, 2012, we will officially publish Stephen Wade’s book The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience, which reveals the backstories of thirteen iconic Library of Congress field recordings that are part of the wider American musical soundscape.¬†View the trailer here.

Publishers Weekly has posted its review of The Beautiful Music All Around Us:

“From 12-year-old Mississippian Ora Dell Graham singing ‘Pullin’ the Skiff’ to Kelly Pace and prisoners of the Arkansas State Penitentiary doing a rendition of ‘Rock Island Line,’ Wade profiles these and other ‘vernacular builders’ while ‘grappl[ing] with questions of culture and ownership, and by extension, what is ours, individually and collectively.’ Tracing these songs’ and singers’ roots from cotton fields to prison yards, from front porches to back alleys, Wade’s study offers an understanding not only of a musical thread vital to American culture, but of America itself.”

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