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The Music History Project Podcast

The Music History Project podcast, hosted by the NAMM Resource Center, launched its inaugural episode on July 6, 2017 and uploaded the conclusion of its coverage on the history of Sun Records on July 20th. In addition, the newest episode features oral history content as well as an early radio interview conducted by Dan Del Fiorentino with innovator, Les Paul. The Music History Project can be found on SoundCloud or on iTunes. The Music History Project examines the innovative creations, evolution of musical instruments, the changing world of music retail, music industry icons, and other topics covered in NAMM’s Oral History program. The NAMM Oral History program boasts over 3,000 interviews and is continually growing.

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The Luthiers of Bubenreuth Vignette

Out in the village of Bubenreuth, Germany lays the incredible history of a group of independent luthiers who in reinventing themselves after World War II helped produce hand-crafted musical instruments that inspired music and music makers ever since. Within the NAMM Oral History collection we have captured several interviews with those who were there and who spoke of this important gathering of instrument builders. Here is a ten minute video vignette that highlights this incredible story. Interviewees include Christian HoyerGerold HannabachKurt LutzLothar SeifertWalter HoyerThomas DotzauerErnst RothHorst Teller, and Herbert Volkmann.

Music Stores

Music stores often serve as the first glimpse into the music industry for many of us.  They are the places we get our first instrument, are taught how to play, and foster our love of music.  In the latest vignette, past participants in NAMM’s Oral History program explore the experiences and influences music stores had on their lives and careers.  Take a listen to the stories from musicians John R. Smith, co-founder of the Nu Shooz, Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads, Stray Cats own Bryan Setzer, legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield, Blues icon B.B. King, and Booker T. Jones of Booker T. & the M.G.’s as they remember iconic music stores like Manny’s Music, O.K. Hauck, and Amro Music.