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On Nov 18th, Jack White's Third Man Records, in partnership with John Fahey's Revenant Records, will unlock the second and final chapter chronicling the curious tale of America's most important record label with 'The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932).’
A stunning omnibus of words, music, art and design, 'Volume 2' picks up where the "spectacular" (New York Times) and "unprecedented" (Rolling Stone) 'Volume 1' left off. It documents the label’s final 5 year period between 1928-32, a stunning second act in which Paramount birthed the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issued some of the most coveted recordings in the history of the medium: Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Geeshie Wiley, The Mississippi Sheiks, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, and hundreds of others.
‘Volume 2’ contains six LPs, a sculpted metal USB drive with 800 songs and 90+ original hand-drawn ads from the Chicago Defender, a large-format hardcover book telling the label's story via new writing and original images, and an illustrated Field Guide with biographies and recording information for each artist represented in the set. It is all housed in a streamline case of polished aluminum modeled after a portable phonograph in 1930s American “Machine Age” Art Deco style.
Like ‘Volume 1’, the collection was co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk.
Paramount Records’ open-door recording policy led it to the very bedrock of America’s untamed blues, jazz, gospel and folk sounds. In the process the label provided the earliest and most representative snapshot of America's sonic landscape.
‘Volume 2’ offers a magnificent conclusion to this story of how a Wisconsin chair company, despite producing records on the cheap, changed how America thought of itself by allowing this young country to hear what it really sounded like, in all its stripes, for the very first time.
'Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932)’ contains:
Nashville Comic Con is right around the corner, and we are excited for a few reasons... 1) the Rolling Record Store will be open on the showroom floor on Friday, September 26th stocked with limited edition records (bringing a little sunshine inside, if you catch our drift) as well as all the RRS-exclusive merchandise, and 2) we are using this wizardy gathering as an excuse to host another COSTUME CONTEST!
Dress up cosplay-style as your favorite hero, villain, henchman/lady, sidekick, etc, visit our storefront during business hours sometime between this Wednesday, September 17th and Monday the 21st, and be entered to win the 1st place prize of a pair of VIP PASSES (provided by Wizard World) good for entry to Nashville Comic Con for the entire weekend with VIP privileges. (Approx. $500 value!)
The 2nd place winner will receive a set of colored Volume 4 Document Reissue LP's, while 3rd place will win a limited edition orange version of the Mississippi Sheiks Document Reissue Volume 5.
Every well-costumed customer will have their polaroid taken for our Wall-of-Fame, and we will decide on winners September 22nd.
Jack has unveiled the music video for “Would You Fight For My Love?,” the latest single from his new album Lazaretto. Directed by Robert Hales, the video was shot at the historic Cruise Room, Denver’s first post-prohibition bar, located in the Oxford Hotel. The video also stars musician and photographer Scout Pare-Phillips and many other musical members of the Third Man Records family.
Continuing in Jack’s tradition of innovation and – having released the World’s Fastest Record earlier this year – penchant for quick turnarounds, “Would You Fight For My Love?” was conceptualized, produced and shot within a 24 hour period. The six-hour shoot came together on less than 12 hours notice.
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