More About the Author
Hello, I am Dr. Phil, Aficionado of the sounds of the Deep South, particularly,
Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, the Piedmont, New Orleans and Chicago, 1850-
1940. I play ragtime, old-timey, skiffle and blues. I study the history and culture of the Deep South. I was born near Liverpool, England and now live in Scotland. Visit my website at www.Dr-Phil.co.uk
I present a radio program, Sounds of the South on our local station, Dunoon Community Radio on alternate Tuesdays.
Visit http://www.dunooncommunityradio.org/ to listen in.
I have recently completed writing a biography of the great ragtime, blues and old-timey musician Mississippi John Hurt: Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues,
AND HELPED PRODUCE
'Discovery':The Rebirth of Mississippi John Hurt, a CD of the previously unreleased tape recorded at the time of his rediscovery, March 3, 1963 and full of music and conversation with rediscoverer Tom Hoskins.
I have just returned from a book signing tour of Tennessee, Mississippi and New Orleans. I had a great time, met some amazing people and heard some great music.
My story of Mississippi John Hurt includes many anecdotes from people who knew him. There is a lot of humor and social history of Mississippi during the first half of the last century.
Who would have known that the great-great grandfather of Senator John McCain was the owner of slave girl Mary Jane Mc Cain, who became Mississippi John Hurt's mother?
John was bronchitic and had been advised to stop smoking buy his doctor who said, "John, you really should quit smoking those Camels." One day as he lit up another cigarette, a friend asked why he had not followed the doctors advice. John replied, "I did, He didn't say nothing about Pall Malls!"
A Major award for Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues.
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC), based in Kansas City, Missouri has recently announced the winners of the 2012 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Begun in 1991, the awards are presented to authors and publishers of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes outstanding contributions, encourages high standards, and promotes awareness of superior works. Two awards may be presented annually in each category--one for best history and one for best discography. Certificates of Merit are presented to runners-up of exceptionally high quality. The 2012 Awards for Excellence honor works published in 2011.
Dr-Phil (Philip R. Ratcliffe) received the top award for BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED BLUES, RHYTHM & BLUES, or SOUL MUSIC for his book, Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues, published last year by the University Press of Mississippi.
Dr-Phil will receive his award at the awards banquet to be held in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday May 19, 2013, and will also make a presentation of his research during ARSC's annual conference, a forum for the exchange of ideas on the cultural and historical importance of our recorded sound legacy.
Dr-Phil is currently working on two new books on similar topics, one based on his popular Dunoon Community Radio programme, Sounds of the South, which is available on the web via the link from www.dunooncommunityradio.org