American Music

American Music (U.S.A.) / c. 1950

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Design: Rather crude typographic treatment using bold sans serif (often mistakenly called 'gothic') typefaces. The evocative label name could have lent itself to some striking graphics, but this image seems to have been printed by letterpress in a very 'cheap and nasty' style.

History: Label scan courtesy of collector Graham Farnell of the U.K. Thanks for updated info to collector Dave Dixon of Canada, who writes: "The short-lived green label American Music issue was apparently an attempt by label owner William Russell to get in on the booming bootleg reissue frenzy of the period. Russell's main label was the yellow label American Music series which was not a bootleg reissue, but was started in 1942 with an historic series of recordings by Bunk Johnson and other New Orleans musicians."




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