So what would induce a chair manufacturer in Wisconsin at the turn of the twentieth century, to start producing records — and assembling some of the greatest blues artists from around the country? That’s the story of Wisconsin’s own legendary Paramount Records, which operated out of Grafton, Wisconsin from 1917-1932. Thanks to the combined efforts of the UW Humanities Council, the Wisconsin Historical Society and Jack White’s Third Man Records, the complete Paramount catalog … some what 1600 songs… ? has been lovingly reissued on vinyl and digital media. The collection, called the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records has its release this week, and to celebrate, the Wisconsin Center for the Humanities is hosting a series of events this week, from Thursday April 23 to Saturday April 25. The Center for the Humanities’ Jeff Kollath joined the Eight O’Clock Buzz on April 20th.
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