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– There is no colour line in music: Vanderbilt heir promotes racial integration through music

The name “John Hammond” should be carved in concrete in the music history of the 20th century, yet, I bet that this name won’t even ring a bell with most of you. And yet, there is so much to be told about John Hammond. There is a John Hammond Junior and John Hammond Senior, and […]

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– Blues, oil and real estate

It is commonly agreed that the pre-war country blues would not have been what it turned out if it hadn’t been for the efforts and energetic enthusiasm spent by one man: Henry Columbus Speir. Of course, his efforts have to be put in its proper historical context which is the one I wrote about in […]

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