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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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Sears Christmas Show
Source:Bailey (Bob) Studios Photographic Archive
African-American choir from St. John Baptist church, under the direction of S. A. Pleasance [sp?]. The choir performs two hymns. The first is unidentified, the second is "O Come, All Ye Faithful." Black and white picture with sound.
Small Faces: An Interview with Ronnie Lane [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side A of interview with Ronnie Lane of group the Small Faces. Covers origins of the band, meeting Steve Marriott, mod vs. rocker fights in London, personnel changes, the band’s break up and detailed accounts of songs from their albums, particularly "Itchycoo Park."
Small Faces: An Interview with Ronnie Lane [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of interview with Ronnie Lane of group the Small Faces. Covers Lane leaving the group, forming the bands Slim Chance and the Tremors, being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, benefit concerts for Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis and subsequent lawsuits.
Spirit: An Interview
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Interview with Ed Cassidy and Randy California of the band Spirit. Covers the band's origin, including the Red Roosters and manager Lou Adler. Also covers group dynamics, the band's break-up, offshoot bands Kapt. Kopter and JoJo Gunne, touching on the state of modern music. Digitized from side A of cassette tape, no audio on side B.
Stoneground
Source:Armadillo World Headquarters Records
Four songs recorded by the band Stoneground 1. L.A. Freeway 2. Just For Me 3. Leave This Town 4.Walkin Blues. 5" reel. Handwritten on the front of the case: Stoneground 7 1/2 ips 1/4 track stereo. Written on the back of the case: Stoneground 1. L.A. Freeway 2. Just For Me 3. Leave this town 4. Walkin Blues
Ted Nugent: Interview [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side A of interview with Ted Nugent. Talks about the Royal High Boys, the Amboy Dukes and former band members.
Ted Nugent: Interview [Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of interview with Ted Nugent. Nugent discusses songs from his solo career, his guest appearance on TV show "Miami Vice", hunting, guitar technique and the present state of rock and roll, with mentions of Michael Jackson, Boy George and Kiss.
The Buckinghams [Interview, Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side A of phone interview with Carl Giammerese of the Buckinghams. Discusses early groups, naming the band, detailed song information for the albums "Kind of a Drag" and "Time and Charges," signing to Columbia Records and working with producer James William Guercio. Digitized from Memorex dB Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475. Original recording has occasional audio drop-outs due to a malfunctioning speaker the interviewee was being recorded from.
The Buckinghams [Interview, Side B]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side B of phone interview with Carl Giammerese of the Buckinghams. Covers the breakup and reunion of the band and the death of John Poulos. Digitized from Memorex dB Series 90-minute cassette played on Sony TC-WE475. Original recording has occasional audio drop-outs due to a malfunctioning speaker the interviewee was being recorded from.
The Rascals: An Interview Part II [Side A]
Source:Vorda (Allan) Music History Collection
Side A of phone interview with Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals. Gives detailed accounts of the creation process for multiple songs, particularly "How Can I Be Sure?" whose arrangement Cavaliere credits to Arif Mardin, also mentioning "People Got to be Free" as written in response to the Kennedy assassinations and the band's decision to only play on integrated bills. Cavaliere give his interpretation of how creative work was shared and the causes of Eddie Brigati leaving the band, both of which are disputed by other band members [in da_00124-da_00127].