[Dixielandjazz] Henry Ford

Pat Ladd pj.ladd at btinternet.com
Tue May 1 09:20:09 PDT 2012

Reading a newspaper from Jan 1926 I found this little gem.


Campaign to revive old waltzes..
Henry Ford, maker of motorcars has declared war on jazz by instituting a mass production revival of the old dances which were fiddled in farmhouse, kitchen and barn.
He intends to collect them from old time fiddlers who remember the mellow airs.
It is claimed by Mr Ford that the old dances are what a jaded generation has been looking for.
The old music,the neighbourly  mingling of people in square dances, the rollicking reels and joyous gigs as well as the vocal harmony of the calls are all found `he says` to impart a pleasure which the more sophisticated of the manufactured dances cannot give.

Isn't it strange how someone who is so brilliant in one field can be such a twit in another

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