UWM libraries welcome ‘Paramount’ music, history collection
The sets, purchased and donated by local music and art lovers, will be unveiled at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.
MILWAUKEE_ Donors have given the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Music Library two limited-edition boxed sets chronicling the rise and fall of Paramount Records, a Wisconsin-based record company that preserved rare musical recordings of early 20th century pioneers of blues, jazz and gospel.
The sets, purchased and donated by local music and art lovers, will be unveiled at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the Golda Meir Library, 2311 E. Hartford Ave., room E281. The unveiling celebration will include a guitar performance by Gabriel Andrews, who earned his master’s degree in music at UWM. He will be playing the music of Paramount recording artists, as well as other selections.
“These boxed sets are a significant addition to the musical world because they preserve for the future a large volume of music that was thought lost to history and the vagaries of lack of foresight,” said Rebecca Littman, music librarian. UWM is one of the few circulating libraries in the world that now has copies of both boxed sets available to music researchers and students.
The boxed sets were compiled and released through rock star Jack White’s Third Man Records in partnership with Revenant Records, founded by the late guitarist John Fahey.
As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, UWM has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. On an operating budget of $705 million, UWM educates about 27,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UWM a “2015 Best in the Midwest” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. Its economic impact is more than $1.5 billion per year in Wisconsin alone.