Rick Kennedy, the author of Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy: Gennett Records and the Rise of America's Musical Grassroots, recently appeared on an episode of the PBS program History Detectives. In "Civil War Derringers, KKK Records & Motown's Bottom Line," Kennedy unites with Tukufo Zuberi, a socioligist, to reveal the history of Our Song, a Klan record that was produced by Gennett Records in Richmond, IN, only five weeks after Louis Armstrong made his first solo recording in Gennett's studio.
The entire episode of History Detectives is available on PBS's website. The KKK/Gennett Records segment begins at 20:00; Kennedy's appearance begins at 31:48.
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