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    Elvie & Geeshie -The Most Interesting Thing I Have Read This Year

    [url]http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/13/magazine/blues.html[/url]

    John Jeremiah Sullivan has written the most interesting, and, yes, inspiring, thing I have read this year.

    Sullivan has been trying to track down more info about two country blues artists of whom nothing, really, was known but the power of the six songs they recorded back in 1930: Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley. Sullivan first heard their music as part of the soundtrack of what has been called one of the top documentaries ever, "Crumb," a film about the artist Robert Crumb.

    The story of the search is amazing.

    The story of the two women, Geeshie and Elvie, needs to be a film itself

    The NY Times link is interactive. It has links to all six songs, video, and photographs.

    I hope that some of you who are interested in any or all of the following will read and comment:

    Blues music and its history
    Thorny questions of jounalistic and historical ethics
    Great personal stories of quests
    The miracle of the survival of one's best works
    Meaning and history of blues lyrics
    Religion

    Lots more
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 06-11-2014 at 09:46 AM.

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    What a fascinating read! You're right; it should be a movie. I haven't time right now to listen to the audios but certainly will. This is a must for long-time folkies.

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    Sounds fascinating! Thanks, Doris! It proves that artists are everywhere.

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