Many readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar with Jim Linderman, collector, historian, blogger and now, author. His new book, "Take Me to The Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950" is scheduled for release on May 26th and will instantly become the definitive volume on the subject. It features 75 reproductions of old photographs collected by Linderman as well as being accompanied by a CD of rare gospel and folk recordings that make for a terrific backdrop as you read this book.
The book continues a tradition of archiving the culture of old America, the one that exists now mostly through old 78 rpm recordings and vintage photographs.
Special mention has to be made to the publisher of this book, Dust-to-Digital, whose other titles include "I Belong to This Band: 85 Years of Sacred Harp Recordings" and "Melodii Tuvi: Throat Songs and Folk Tunes from Tuva" (you gotta love these guys!). Their artistic approach to the production of these sets make them much more like cultural artifacts rather than simple books and CDs. They are THAT good!
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