This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the revolutionary A&R 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. The book tracks Peer's role in such breakthrough events as the recording of Mamie Smith's Crazy Blues, the first country recording sessions with Fiddlin' John Carson, his discovery of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, the popularizing of Latin American music during World War II, and the postwar transformation of music on the airwaves.
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by Rebecca Barry
by James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
by Barry Lyga
by John M. Barry
by Ximena Diego
by Carrie Golus
by Michael Shelden
by Tanya Lee Stone
by Philip Norman
"As Ralph Peer shifted from the phonograph business to the record business, he boosted the music industry, particularly blues, jazz, country, and Latin music. The music executive's own thoughts about his life are part of Mazor's meticulous account of Peer's life and legacy. There's also some personal history on Peer, whose hobby was camellia gardening. The narrative isn't dramatic--the production is more like an engaging college course. But Peer's life story includes some good moments. Listeners will likely enjoy stories about early sessions with Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family or his involvement in U.S. outreach in Latin America during WWII. At times, discussion of esoteric topics like royalties bogs down. Nonetheless, listeners who are curious will find this worth hearing. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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