Cylinder of the Month

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For November 1998 . . .

This month:   Perhaps the earliest sound recording of a unique art form: Cowboy poetry.   From 1905, a dramatic two-minute condensation of the cowboy love poem Lasca.

Company Edison's National Phonograph Company
Cylinder # 9087
Category Talking
Title Lasca
Performed by Edgar L. Davenport
Circa September 1905
Announcement "Lasca, by Edgar L. Davenport.  Edison record."

Davenport, who made only two recordings for Edison (both recitations), delivers with great energy this highly compressed version of Frank Desprez's fine poem, grabbing attention immediately and releasing it finally as the recording concludes to the strains of Chopin's Funeral March.

Click here to see the full text of Lasca courtesy of Angel City Press, publishers of Cowboy Love Poetry: Verse from the Heart of the West.

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