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"The Rag Time Ephemeralist"
By Ed Berlin

[ In MMDigest 980906, from the newsgroup : ]

> A new "rag time" periodical is now available ... replete with
> photographs, music and thrilling information related to research
> of the "rag time" era.

This posting prompts me to add a few words.  I had planned on writing
something about "The Rag Time Ephemeralist," but wanted to wait until
I had completed reading it.

It is a remarkable, fascinating volume and has my highest endorsement.
First, it has the appearance of a publication from the period, done
with taste and humor.  That, alone, gives enjoyment.

Even more important is the content.  Highlights include the Joplin
fragment transcribed by Reggie Robinson & Chris Ware's discussion
of it; Galen Wilkes's article on Joe Lamb's days in the 1920s-30s,
writing for local minstrel shows (including some previously unknown
Lamb music); the incredible number of diverse photos from the era which
are just thrown in for no apparent reason, but I'm glad they are there;
Chauvin's death certificate and the music for one of his songs; Dennis
Pash's article on Hogan; loads of photos relating to string ragtime
(I suppose Dennis had a hand in that, too).

This is a *major* publication in ragtime.

Ed Berlin

(Message sent Thu 10 Sep 1998, 02:58:36 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Ephemeralist, Rag, Time

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