"The first time I ever pursued a folk singer on a raft": Sidney Robertson and John Stone

“The first time I ever pursued a folk singer on a raft”: Sidney Robertson and John Stone

In August 1939, in the California gold-rush town of Columbia, the musicologist Sidney Robertson1 recorded this fascinating 94-second snippet of conversation with a fiddler named John Stone. The conversation deals with the technology of making and reproducing recordings, and with the future use of the records they were making that day. It’s not clear why […]