A fascinating interactive lecture on disappearing music of the 20th Century comes to The Continental on Tuesday April 22nd. Baltimore’s Ian Nagoski runs Canary Records, a label that reissues early 20th century recordings in languages other than English, and he’s coming to the Preston venue with an exploration entitled “100 Moons: Stories of Great Forgotten Musicians and the Boundaries of Humanness from 78rpm Records“.
‘Lecture’ seems too formal a term for something so immersive and transporting as one of Ian’s 90-minute explorations of the disappearing music he unearths and its social/cultural roots and routes. Ian shares his love of his findings both in words and by listening to and discussing various carefully chosen shellac gems with you.
In the past year, Nagoski has published acclaimed collections of Hindustani classical vocal music (100 Moons and Kesarbai Kerkar 1944-54), Greek urban folk music (Rita Abatzi – 1933-37), the Austro-Hungarian Empire (Widow’s Joy: Eastern European Immigrant Dances, 1925-30), and published writing in Yeti, Sound American, Ephemerotera Quarterly and The Wire.
Canary’s Bandcamp site was compared favourably by Damon Krukowski in Pitchfork to Revenant Records and Jack White’s Third Man label, and Nagoski’s deep views on music and recording caused Krukowski to compare him to Harry Smith, just as Marcus Boon also did in The Wire.
In recent years, he also published compilations on the Dust-to-Digital and Tompkins Square labels. Nagoski’s work is now highly regarded, with high profile admirers ranging from DJ/rupture to Henry Rollins, and you can also still read several interviews with and articles by him from 2013 at the Sound American site.
All starts at 8pm on Tuesday April 22nd in The Continental’s Art Space.
Tickets are £7 or £5 concessions and are available online from See Tickets & Skiddle.
Available in person from The Continental’s Bar (01772 499 425), Action Records (01772 & Preston Visitor Information (01772 253 731).