1960 Journey to the South – Down South 1960 – The beginning of a record label.

Mance Lipscomb – 1960
(photo by Chris Strachwitz)

In 1960 Chris Strachwitz was running a small mail order record service and newsletter called the International Blues Record Club (IBRC). In the summer of 1960 he took the first of many trips that would start his long career as a “song catcher”. This article for the IBRC bulletin was written shortly after his return to California where he would issue the first Arhoolie Record number F1001 “Mance Lipscomb – Texas Sharecropper and Songster“. Read Chris’ description of this landmark journey in the reprint of International Blues Record Club Bulletin No. 3 and 4 – 1960


Rumbo a california

The Arhoolie Foundation is proud to present: Rumbo a California: Making Mexican Music in the Golden State, a bilingual digital exhibition that explores the history of Mexican music in California and the stories of the people, labels, and events that have shaped it.


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