Mississippi Records American Tour 2019

This event took place on Jan 5, 2019

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

Series - Music in Motion


** Co-presented with KEXP’s The Roadhouse and Wo’ Pop! **


  • A COSMIC AND EARTHLY HISTORY OF RECORDED MUSIC ACCORDING TO MISSISSIPPI RECORDS (a short segment about the Mississippi Records label, featuring some footage of their favorite artists, precedes Eric Isaacson’s presentation)
  • SHORT FILMS by RAW MUSIC INTERNATIONAL (director Cyrus Moussavi presents incredible performances from musicians in Mongolia, Burma, Iraq, Ukraine, Trinidad, Turkey, Kenya, Cambodia, Thailand, Zanzibar and Western Sahara!)
  • DJ SET by GOLDEN WILSON (Gordon Ashworth of Olvido Records; hot and strange music from all over!)

A mix of film, audio, slides and lecture presented by Mississippi Records founder Eric Isaacson. This presentation attempts to tell the entire history of recorded music in 90 minutes – from the first star being born to the current age of bizarre technology. A psychedelic and entertaining approach is favored over anything academic.

Subjects covered will include the cosmic patterns that resemble music generated by stars being born and dying, the untold early history of recording technology (including tales of Archeoacoustic technology that allows us to hear recordings from 2,000 years or more ago, cat pianos, the phonautogram which reproduces sounds from dust and much more), the rise of blues, rock and roll, and other revolutionary American music forms and their subsequent destruction by the powers that be, and some hopeful messages about the future.


In collaboration with the Mississippi Records American Tour, any contribution of $25 or more towards Northwest Film Forum’s Annual Fund Drive will receive a complimentary 29-track mixtape download, featuring rusty and lo-fi tracks from Ural Thomas, Michael Hurley, Irma Thomas, Chrissy Zebi Tembo, Arvo Part, Bruce Haack, Jean Bosco Mwenda, The Space Lady, Abner Jay, and many others from hither, yon, and far beyond!

About Mississippi Records


Mississippi Records is a store and label based in Portland, Oregon. They’ve released over 240 records spanning nearly every genre of music, ran a store for 15 years, and traveled the world with presentations such as this one. All of this has been done with no online presence, no promotion or advertising of any kind anywhere and no general existence in the digital world.

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