Music: Melody Hunters

Native music in out-of-the-way parts of the world is fast disappearing. Thousands of songs and drum rhythms handed down through generations of woolly-headed blacks, Oriental priests and court musicians (even by U. S. Indians, hillbillies and Negroes in the South and West) are already extinct. Causes of this high mortality rate: the phonograph and the radio. Primitive races find old-fashioned radio sets somewhat fragile for jungle use. But cheap, hand-cranked squeak-boxes with chipped records of American cowboy songs and Italian operas are found today in mud-walled villages from Timbuktu to Singapore. Impressed...

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