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The Ragtime Ephemeralist #3

The Ragtime Ephemeralist #3


Third issue of the Ragtime Fanzine edited by Ware.

"...about 200 copies of our third issue are still quite available. It includes: An analysis, history and full reproduction of the never-before reprinted Joplin string band arrangements, published by Stark, by highly-qualified Dennis Pash of the down sadly-defunct Et Cetera String Band. Nan Bostick returns with Nora Hulse to provide a comprehensive index of all the major women composers of ragtime, from May Irwin to May Aufderheide. Ms. Sue Attalla shares her fascinating and highly-detailed research into her great grandfather, William Christopher O'Hare, Louisiana orchestra director and composer of some of the earliest cakewalks like "Levee Revels," and the beautiful "Cottonfield Capers." Galen Wilkes returns with an amazing discovery about James Scott -- mentioned in the liner notes of Guido Nielsen's CD, but elaborated upon and fully explored here. The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra's Rick Benjamin contributes an article about the history of the trombone in ragtime, a heretofore all-but-undiscussed topic, though we're certain that Mr. Benjamin's article will correct this discrepancy. Chicago architectural historian Tim Samuelson writes about ragtime composer Joe Jordan's pioneering real estate venture (or, the house that "Lovie Joe" built) -- Jordan was the first African-American to construct a commercial building in Chicago. Professional animator and ragtime apologist John Keen takes the reader on a contemporary walking tour ­ from Tin Pan Alley to the grave ­ of all of Joplin's residences still extant in New York; amazingly, all but one are still standing. Noted Chicago chronicler of the odd and prurient Mr. Daniel Q. Kelly expounds upon the "Windy City's" more interesting neighborhoods and piquant "lifestyles" in a detailed and highly-amusing article; distinguished German researcher Dr. Rainer Lotz contributes information about "The Florida Creole Girls," an all-girl Afro-American performing troupe who travelled Europe in the early part of the century, and scholars Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff share some of their amazing discoveries about W.P. Dabney, Ford Dabney's uncle, a famous (in his day) composer and string instrumentalist, and some tidbits about ragtime performing pioneer Ben Harney. Also, your editor contributes articles about the word "rag," and tidbits from Sedalia at the turn of the century. Finally, cartooning and musical family Deitch surrender two of their members ­ cartoonist Kim and writer Seth ­ for a first-time exciting fiction that's sure to amaze and astound, involving Edison cylinders, trombonists, and Scott Joplin.

As well, look for the other usual poorly-notated and incorrectly-attributed photographs, prints, and record labels that pad out our previous issues."

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