Jack White on His Love of the Ancient Blues Label, Paramount Records

For those into early American blues and jazz recordings, nothing is more sacred than the records released by Paramount Records, a label based out of a chair factory in Grafton, Wisconsin. Blind Melon Jefferson, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and many others cut some of their earliest sides for Paramount. (For a deep dive into the label, I highly recommend the book Do Not Sell at Any Price by Amanda Petrusich.)

Jack White’s Third Man Records is obsessed with Paramount, releasing a 800-song (!!!) anthology of the label’s output that covered just the years 1917-1927. There’s now a second edition spanning 1928-1932 featuring another 800 songs.

Jack appeared on CBS This Morning: Saturday to talk about the project. (Via NME)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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