Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World’s Music
It begins with a South African choir from 1930 and a song about police brutality; it ends in Cuba with dreamy innuendo.
This collection highlights music that is often invisible in today’s world — the incredible world of global recordings that aren’t jazz, blues, country, rock ‘n roll, R&B, or “classical.”
Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World’s Music includes 100 recordings and 100 stories in an extensive, illustrated book with detailed, contextual mini-histories about both musical origins and the beginnings of the recording industry, touching on the complexities of colonialism, economic agendas, and cultural tourism.
With almost all of the tracks never before reissued, this collection expands upon and acts as a companion to Jonathan Ward’s Excavated Shellac website, a unique repository of music, history, and data on 78 rpm recordings from around the world, rarely heard and seldom seen.
Featuring music and musical styles from six continents and 89 different countries and regions, recorded between 1907-1967.
100 audio recordings + a 186-page book with essays and annotations by Jonathan Ward. This box set was nominated for the Best Historical Album GRAMMY AWARD for 2022.
Jonathan Ward who also produced Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM, Excavated Shellac: Reeds, and Excavated Shellac: Strings is setting a new bar for listening, enjoying, and understanding vintage recordings made around the world.