“The idea that Wahle’s records were headed for the Louisville dump when Nathan Salsburg heard about and salvaged them (how this project came about) leaves one with a sense of gratitude, yes, but equally of vertigo. The old songs are so easily lost. How many of them as you read this are disintegrating at the bottoms of dumps?” 
Read more from John Jeremiah Sullivan on Don Wahle, the all-but-unknown Louisville music collector.

“The idea that Wahle’s records were headed for the Louisville dump when Nathan Salsburg heard about and salvaged them (how this project came about) leaves one with a sense of gratitude, yes, but equally of vertigo. The old songs are so easily lost. How many of them as you read this are disintegrating at the bottoms of dumps?” 

Read more from John Jeremiah Sullivan on Don Wahle, the all-but-unknown Louisville music collector.

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