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The Briscoe Center has long emphasized the development of its music resources as an integral part of its mission to document the historical experience of the American people. Since 1980, the Center has been building extensive research collections of folk and popular music of Texas and the greater South and Southwest in its efforts to trace the development of different musical styles and of the music industry itself.

For more comprehensive information about the Center's musical resources, please see the Center's main site.

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Arthur Brown: Interview [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of 1993 interview with Arthur Brown. Talks about the influence of manager Kit Lambert on the album "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown," with in-depth discussion of the songs on the album. Also covers touring, drugs, the influence of James Brown and the epilogue of his band after dissolving, including the suicide of Vincent Crane. Digitized from Maxell UR-90 cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Balcones Fault (spot), 1/16/1975
Source:Armadillo World Headquarters Records
A partial radio spot for Balcones Fault on Thursday night. Originally recorded at 15 ips. Due to equipment limitations with 15 ips, this reel was digitized while played at a slower speed, then brought up to speed with SoundForge Effects, Pitch shift. Tails out, Written on case: Balcones Fault Spot 30 sec Please return this reel to R. Wiggins AWHQ 76R. Written on masking tape: advertises Thurs. Jan 16 1975 at Armadillo tape is "tails out"
Big Brother: Interview (Part 1) [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Part 1, Side A of interview with members of the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Covers the origins of the band and band name, early venues and Janis Joplin joining band. Also mentions the Trips Festival. Digitized from Memorex dBS Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Big Brother: Interview (Part 1) [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Part 1, Side B of interview with members of the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Covers their time in Chicago, and recording of their first album for Mainstream Records, giving detailed information about the creation and recording process for the songs, also mentioning songwriter Powell St. John, Moondog and promoter Bill Graham. Digitized from Memorex dBS Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Big Brother: Interview (Part 2) [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Part 2, Side A of interview with members of Big Brother and the Holding Company. Covers the Monterey Pop Festival, their album "Cheap Thrills," including in-depth discussion of Robert Crumb’s artwork and songs. Also has a short section on band members dating Janis Joplin. Digitized from Memorex dBS Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Big Brother: Interview (Part 2) [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Part 2, Side B of interview with members of Big Brother and the Holding Company. Band members discuss songs from the "Cheap Thrills" LP in detail, Janis Joplin leaving the band, their next two albums, unreleased recorded material, Joplin's death and drugs. Also mention Seth Morgan, playing at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan and an issue of the literary journal "Witness" titled "The Sixties." Digitized from Memorex dBS Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475.
Bobby Doyle Band
Source:Armadillo World Headquarters Records
Three songs recorded by the Bobby Doyle Band. 1. Stormy Monday but Tuesday Just as Bad 2. After Midnight 3. (check) piano music. After these songs, after some blank tape is the middle of a different song by a different band. 5" reel. Side spine of the case has a blue label-maker label: Bobby Doyle and handwritten date 10/1/74. Written on masking tape on the back of the case: Bobby Doyle Band.
Brian's Recording Studio: is Greezy Wheels advert benefit for Greenbriar school in Bastrop
Source:Armadillo World Headquarters Records
Two radio spots with Cleve Hattersley of Greezy Wheels for a benefit for the Greenbriar School Building Fund (in Bastrop) with Greezy Wheels and The Lost Gonzo Band. Tues. Oct. 8. Tickets $2 in advance, $2.50 at the door. Sounds like the second spot is a copy of the first. The sound fades out briefly in the same spot about ⅔ through. 5" polyester reel. No case. Label on flange: Brian's Recording Studio. This is a two-part label, white with a transparent layer with writing. This transparent layer popped off while digitizing. It is still with the collection.
City Limits
Source:Armadillo World Headquarters Records
Six songs recorded by the band City Limits. 1. Truck Drivin’ Man 2. Sing Me Back Home 3. Honky Tonk Man 4. Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down 5. Truck Drivin’ Man 6. Y’all Come.Ampex 358 60 minute cassette tape. Only Side A has content. Side B is blank. Masking tape on the front of case: City Limits. Inside the case are two business cards. one for the City Limits band and one for "immediate music" in California. Written on the cassette label:Side A: City Limits Side B: blank
Coachmen: An Interview with Jeff Travis [Side 1]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side 1 of interview with Jeff Travis. Consists of Travis recording himself discussing a list of questions sent to him by Allan Vorda. Talks about the origin of the band, merging of the Viscounts and Chandells, winning the KOIL battle of the bands, replacing members in 1966 and early songs including "Mr. Moon." Digitized from Radio Shack concertape 30-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475. Tape is marked as taking place on 1987/01/27, but interviewee places recording on 1987/01/23.