Robert Palmer Collection
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Brief Description: The Robert Palmer Collection at Hogan Jazz Archive, still in process, includes: some 8,000 LPs; 900 books; 300 interview transcriptions, 250 interviews on cassette tape; 1200 commercial and promostional music cassette tapes; 200 photographs; appointment calendars for 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1996; 10 linear feet of vertical files; 3 linear feet of letters and correspondence; 4 linear feet of manuscripts and rough drafts; 20 linear feet of journals and magazines; and various personal effects, including high school and college yearbooks, etc.
Held at:
Hogan Jazz Archive
Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-865-5688
Fax: 504-865-5761
Email: raeburn [at]
Record Series Number: HJA/MS 004
Created by: Palmer, Robert, 1945-1997
Volume: 2.59 Linear Feet
Biographical Note for Palmer, Robert, 1945-1997 : Robert Palmer (1945-1997) was an extraordinarily talented musician, historian, critic and producer. No musical genre escaped his scrutiny. He was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, then moved to New York-New Jersey, where he first broke through as a musician in 1968, with Insect Trust, a band that still defies categorization. From the mid-1970s forward, Palmer's incisive writings appeared in Rolling Stone, the New York Time, and other influential publications. From 1981 to 1988 he was the Times' official, designated popular music critc. In 1988 he moved back down south to Olive Branch, Mississippi, to teach at the University of Mississippi and produce blues recordins for the Fat Possum label. He spent what turned out to be his final years in the Treme community of New Orleans. His published books include A Tale of Two Cities: Memphis Rock and New Orleans Roll (1979), Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta (1981), Rock and Roll: An Unruly History (1995), and other important titles. A recent collection of his writings, 1971-1997 (Anthony DeCurtis, ed., Blues and Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer, 2009), has him weighing in on everyone from Ornette Coleman to Jerry Lee Lewis.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
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