❃ Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music Author Barry Mazor – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

  1. says:

    He was recording musicians and making money from them before Allen Lomax This is good if you like music and the Americans who made it A businessman who pursued back country artists and gave them a public platform.


  2. says:

    Solid, informative biography of Ralph Peer, the legendary music publisher AR responsible for bridging the gap between roots music and the pop music industry He identified and recorded key songwriters in country, folk, RB, jazz, and Latin music, and found creative ways to market their songs to a mass audience, at a time when these genres were considered insignificant niche products with no hope of wider appeal Given that the story of 20th Century pop music is defined by the influence of once humble roots music, it s hard to overstate the importance of Peer s history.Mr Mazor approaches this story with the measured goal of separating the man from the myths, but Peer still comes off as remarkable particularly admirable are his honest publishing practices, a rarity for the era in which he operated Peer died in 1960, before he could truly see the global impact of the rock n roll genre his prescience helped produce, and this book leaves his posthumous impact largely unsaid The book c...


  3. says:

    What a joy to read a history of the popular music industry that notices connections and similarities which few had seen before, which digs into details both personal and world influencing, which makes me understand a little about the ways that commercial music has given us so much brilliance over the years, and which points out again and again that many of the issues we face today have had parallels in the past I m not sure there is anybody else who would have had the vision to understand Peer was enormously influential in jazz, blues, gospel, country, Latin, and pop music during his life time, nor the doggedness to go so thoroughly into areas not necessarily the first things one thinks of when ...


  4. says:

    A really excellent book on one of the music industry s least known figures Peer had an amazing impact on both American and World music from 1920 until his death in 1960 Peer helped bring African American blues, Latin American sounds and Hillbilly now known as country music into mass consciousness He was also responsible for...


  5. says:

    A wonderful biography exploring the life, times, and genius of famed music publisher and former AR man for early roots musicians whose innovations are still impacting music publishing and the growth of popular musical genres than fifty years after his death Full review coming within the week.


  6. says:

    A great story but I wish there had been than the two pages about the Serious Music Department and Wladimir Lakond and his successors Ronald Freed, Corbett Evans, and Todd Vunderink There is no separate entry yet for Roots Music or Popular Roots Music in Grove Online.


  7. says:

    Did not finish Though I am very interested in the subject matter, the writing was slow and pedantic.


  8. says:

    Fantastic Essential reading for anyone interested in the music business I wish I had read it 20 years ago


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Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music This Is The First Biography Of Ralph Peer, The Adventurous Even Revolutionary AR Man And Music Publisher Who Saw The Universal Power Locked In Regional Roots Music And Tapped It, Changing The Breadth And Flavor Of Popular Music Around The World It Is The Story Of The Life And Fifty Year Career, From The Age Of Cylinder Recordings To The Stereo Era, Of The Man Who Pioneered The Recording, Marketing, And Publishing Of Blues, Jazz, Country, Gospel, And Latin Music.The Book Tracks Peer S Role In Such Breakthrough Events As The Recording Of Mamie Smith S Crazy Blues The Record That Sparked The Blues Craze , The First Country Recording Sessions With Fiddlin John Carson, His Discovery Of Jimmie Rodgers And The Carter Family At The Famed Bristol Sessions, The Popularizing Of Latin American Music During World War II, And The Postwar Transformation Of Music On The Airwaves That Set The Stage For The Dominance Of RB, Country, And Rock N Roll.But This Is Also The Story Of A Man From Humble Midwestern Beginnings Who Went On To Build The World S Largest Independent Music Publishing Firm, Fostering The Global Reach Of Music That Had Previously Been Specialized, Localized, And Marginalized Ralph Peer Redefined The Ways Promising Songs And Performers Were Identified, Encouraged, And Promoted, Rethought How Far Regional Music Might Travel, And Changed Our Very Notions Of What Pop Music Can Be.