Jack White and Paramount Records Featured On ‘CBS This Morning’
From the White Stripes onward, the blues has remained one of Jack White's most profound influences. Putting his money where his mouth is for the love of music, White has become a one man salvage mission of sorts with his Third Man Records label, who has just released 'The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two.'
The highly acclaimed first volume, which chronicled Paramount's rise to become a mecca for jazz and blues, launching the recording careers of artists such as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Ma Rainey, Big Bill Broonzy, and Fats Waller (to name a few) served as merely an introduction to the history of the label.
In a recent feature on 'CBS This Morning,' White was asked what he was trying to show with the release of this massive archive release. "How ludicrous I could be, really, with my free time," White answered. "You could sit down on a Sunday and spend seven hours with this, and you've only gotten through about five percent of it." The project was three years in the making, featuring one hundred and seventy-five artists, spread out over six LPs pressed on 'alabaster-white vinyl,' and a USB with 800 digital tracks. The box also includes two large format books (650 pages in all), and comes housed in a polished aluminum case designed in the tradition of the 1930s high art deco stylings.
"There [are] so many of those singers, you just have a name. There's no photograph, no record of who they are where they came from, and we're lucky to have that," White added.
'The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two' is a joint release by Third Man and Revenant Records, and was co-produced by leading Paramount scholar Alex van der Tuuk, with all Paramount masters issued under license agreement with GHB Jazz Foundation.
White says of his labor of love, "I want it to be something that 100 or 200 years from now, someone will drag out of the attic and it will inspire some songwriter then who will listen to Charley Patton or Geeshie Wiley and find something beautiful, and trigger something new and carry that forward. I hope that happens with it."
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