September 17, 2015
NEW EXHIBIT OPENS AT THE DELTA BLUES MUSEUM
Anthony Mostrom: Paramount Portraits
Drawings from the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records,
Vol. 1 and 2
Reception Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Meet the artist * Music by Bill Abel * Open to the public * Free
Paramount Records is one of America's most important record labels. The company's open-door recording policy led it to the nation's blues, jazz, gospel and folk musics, capturing a comprehensive anthology of what the country sounded like in the 1920s-30s.
Anthony Mostrom, cartoonist, illustrator, and writer, created hundreds of ink portraits of Paramount's recording artists for Jack White's Third Man Records' reissue of the entire Paramount catalogue. The ink drawings were originally published in two "Field Manuals," 700 pages of encyclopedia-style biographies and discographies of 347 musicians.
the Delta Blues Museum
Established in 1979 by the Carnegie Public Library
Board of Trustees and re-organized as a stand-alone museum
in 1999, the Delta Blues Museum is Mississippi's oldest
music museum and the nation's first museum dedicated to
the American art form known as the Blues.A 2013
recipient of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library
Services--the nation's highest honor for museum and library
service to the community--and a 2014 winner of the National
Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, the Delta Blues Museum
is dedicated to creating a welcoming place where visitors
find meaning, value and perspective by exploring the history
and heritage of the unique American musical art form, the
Blues. The Museum is honored to be a Great River Road Interpretive
Through its DEEPER ROOTS campaign, the museum seeks
$1.2 million for new and enhanced exhibits: Expanded
exhibits, including those to be housed in the Muddy Waters
Addition, will enable the cultural organization to better
preserve and display the history and work of blues artists
from the Mississippi Delta, and advance the Museum's ability
to "tell" stories that inspire and educate future generations
about this important American art form.
For online donations or for more information on
events or programs, please call (662) 627-6820, or visit
the Museum web site at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.
Members of the press may register on the Museum
website to access the PRESS
ROOM for further information, images and materials.
This newsletter is supported in part
by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state
in part, from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal