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|Size||51.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4100 items)|
|Abstract||The Mark J. O'Donnell Collection consists of audio recordings, publicity, set lists, posters, and other materials compiled by white collector, Mark J. O' Donnell, who recorded and collected live audio recordings of bluegrass, blues, jazz, and rock music in North Carolina and elsewhere. Materials relate to concerts and festivals at North Carolina area venues, including Cat's Cradle, Arts Center, and Sharp 9 Gallery, as well as some national venues and radio programs, including McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Calif. and the Los Angeles based syndicated music program, FolkScene. Some items are signed by performers.|
|Creator||O'Donnell, Mark J., 1951-|
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Mark O’Donnell provided the following biographical and family history information* in September 2018:
Mark O’Donnell was born in Aurora, Ill. on 21 November 1951. He grew up in Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New Jersey before attending college in Providence and then matriculating at University of California at Los Angeles for undergraduate studies in anthropology. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps and served in the Republic of Niger, West Africa, where he taught English, music, art and physical education. While there, he began recording music he heard in local villages where he lived.
Upon returning home, he completed a degree in public health education at the University of Hawaii, which lead to a career working with nonprofit and government agencies primarily focused on child and adolescent mental health in Hawaii and North Carolina. He recently retired.
While attending a Rolling Stones concert in Madison Square Garden in 1969, O’Donnell noticed a young man carrying a portable cassette player with handheld microphone down the aisle, taping the show. His first thought was, "I can do that." The next week he hitchhiked to Worcester Polytech in Worcester, Mass., and taped a Joni Mitchell concert (which was the only tape made during that series of concerts). He has been taping concerts on and off ever since.
Initially, O’Donnell used a 5"x8" Sony mono recorder with an external handheld mic. That was later replaced with a larger Sony Stereo recorder with a handheld stereo mic and eventually with a smaller 4.5"x5" Sony recorder. In the mid-2000s, he began using a DAT which proved better for longer recordings. The DAT, however, presented other challenges, including duration of batteries and initial startup noise. It did, however, yield higher quality recordings without the hiss common to cassettes. He then used an Edirol R-09 with Sound Professional stereo mini-mics.
*Mark O’Donnell's original text was lightly edited to conform with the style guide in use.Back to Top
The Mark J. O'Donnell Collection consists of live audio recordings, publicity, set lists, and other materials relating to bluegrass, blues, jazz, and rock concerts and festivals at North Carolina area venues, including Cat's Cradle, Arts Center, and Sharp 9 Gallery, as well as some national venues and radio programs, including McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Calif. and the Los Angeles based syndicated music program, FolkScene. Some items are signed by performers.Back to Top
Programs, flyers, posters, set lists, and other materials relating to concerts and festivals O'Donnell attended at North Carolina area venues, including Cat's Cradle, Arts Center and Sharp 9 Gallery, as well as some national venues. Some items are signed by performers.
|Oversize Paper Folder OPF-20555/1-4||
Some posters are signed by the artists.
Processed by: Nancy Kaiser and Amy Morgan, September 2018
Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, September 2018Back to Top