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Realistic Tape Recorder

Realistic Company
circa 1975
Cassette Tape Recorder
Jack Hurst Collection, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

For roughly three decades, Hurst recorded every interview he had with country music stars like Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. He believed that these were the stories worth sharing and preserving. The struggle that many musicians came from resonated with him. As Hurst struggled with shorthand and notetaking, this tape recorder acted as a record of the interview.