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About Jonathan
Jonathan Ward is a journalist, photographer, photojournalist based in Littlehampton, but working all over Europe and occasionally further afield specializing in gardening and horticulture, plants, products gardens and the people who make them, from small specialist growers to large retailers.
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Book/Music Review: Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music

07 Apr 2022  |  Stereophile.com
Jonathan Ward, a historian of recorded sound, has curated 'Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World's Music', a compilation of early 78rpm recordings that were originally made to sell gramophones. These recordings, once considered disposable, are now recognized as invaluable artifacts of global music history. The collection, which includes a 186-page PDF book with detailed notes and has been nominated for a Grammy Award, showcases a variety of regional music from around the world. The sound quality varies, but remastering by Michael Graves has preserved these tracks digitally. The book, designed by Barbara Bersche, features high-resolution images and translations of lyrics but lacks internal hyperlinks. Ward's project highlights many artists who were once famous in their regions, as well as music traditions that were overlooked by the phonograph industry, such as Mongolian throat singing and music from the Sahara.

Zutty and his Band – Runenae Papa (I Want a Lot of Love)

03 Aug 2016  |  Excavated Shellac
The article discusses a 'sleeper record' titled 'Runenae Papa (I Want a Lot of Love)' by Zutty and his Band, highlighting its unique blend of Caribbean-influenced 'rhumba' and hot jazz. Recorded in Chicago on March 27, 1935, by notable musicians including Arthur James 'Zutty' Singleton and Horace Eubanks, the record is a cover of the Cuban son 'La Ruñidera.' Despite its quality, the record did not sell as well as other jazz standards. Zutty later moved to Los Angeles and continued his music career until his death in 1970, while Eubanks died in 1948. The article also notes the record's appearance on a CD compilation and praises the quality of the transfer.

This Stunning French Saloon Is the Crown Jewel of a Forgotten Automotive Genius

11 Mar 2016  |  roadandtrack.com
Paul-Albert Bucciali was an early automotive innovator who made significant contributions to the industry with his experiments in independent suspension and front-wheel drive. Despite his visionary work, Bucciali and his brother Angelo-Joseph faced commercial struggles with their car company, established in 1921. Their most notable creation, the Bucciali TAV8-32, showcased their mechanical innovations but was not commercially successful. Bucciali's later years were spent defending his patents, with mixed outcomes. The author, Jonathan Ward, expresses admiration for Bucciali's legacy and believes he should be remembered alongside other automotive legends.






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