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Consolidation of a Life in Music

RON PEN

in I Wonder as I Wander

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125978
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125978.003.0014
Consolidation of a Life in Music

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When Niles was 65, his concerts slowed down and his younger audience were curious about his high voice and dramatic articulation. He began to consolidate his life works in recordings. Niles chose to record with Moses Asch, on a new label that seemed more supportive of his role as a folk artist. All three of Niles's albums for Disc were recorded in 1946 and released in 1947. Asch was more visionary than pragmatic, and the disc label folded one year later in 1948. Niles was distressed at the prospect of starting up another label with Asch, so John Jacob and Rena decided to control the recording business themselves.

Keywords: Moses Asch; record label; recording business; visionary; life works

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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