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Lost And Found Sound: R.A. Coleman's Electronic Memories

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Lost And Found Sound: R.A. Coleman's Electronic Memories

Lost & Found Sound

Lost And Found Sound: R.A. Coleman's Electronic Memories

Lost And Found Sound: R.A. Coleman's Electronic Memories

Only Available in Archive Formats.

As part of our series "Lost & Found Sound," we present an un-narrated story about R. A. Coleman, a black man who recorded the sound of African-American weddings and other events in Memphis during the same period that Sam Phillips was recording those of the white people of the city. Coleman was originally just a photographer, but he began to provide recordings to enhance the memories of couples. He even recorded at funerals. He's remembered by his friends and family.

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