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FOUNDER, MUSIC RECORD LABEL: Since 1960, The Best Of Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Mexican & Gospel

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Chris, Founder/Owner of Arhoolie Records and Down Home Music Store, describes his journey arriving here from Germany in 1947 and falling in love with the tremendous variety of American music. He started his record label in 1960 to showcase all of this wonderful talent, and his amazing music store continues to foster and feature amazing musicians of all genres, then and now.

Job Title: Founder/Owner
Employer: Arhoolie Records & Down Home Music Store

Job Summary: Entrepreneurs

Job Description

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled. An entrepreneur sees an opportunity and exercises initiative by organizing a venture to turn an idea into reality. An entrepreneur is often seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

On-the-Job Training

No

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Entrepreneurship is defined by risks and rewards. Most people who become entrepreneurs are more comfortable with risks; prefer unstructured working and learning environments and collaborating with small team of people.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$0 - $200,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Varies Widely, Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Adventurous, Courageous, Creativity, Leadership ability, Problem solving skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills, Networking, Organizational skills, People skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='10290'>on</span> <span m='10450'>the</span> <span m='10560'>planet</span> <span m='11050'>in</span> <span m='11180'>1960,</span> <span m='12920'>and</span> <span m='13610'>recorded</span> <span m='14160'>things</span> <span m='14510'>that</span> <span m='14680'>I</span> <span m='15240'>enjoyed</span> <span m='16329'>hearing.</span> <span m='16910'>And</span> <span m='17300'>I</span> <span m='17840'>went</span> <span m='18230'>all</span> <span m='18530'>over</span> <span m='18620'>the</span> <span m='18750'>South,</span> <span m='19250'>and</span> <span m='19940'>especially</span> <span m='20240'>I</span> <span m='20540'>recorded</span> <span m='21140'>blues</span> <span m='22080'>and</span> <span m='22310'>Cajun</span> <span m='22730'>music</span> <span m='23210'>and</span> <span m='23500'>zydeco</span> <span m='24880'>and</span> <span m='25250'>Mexican</span> <span m='25740'>American</span> <span m='26300'>music,</span> <span m='27000'>as</span> <span m='27240'>well</span> <span m='27540'>as</span> <span m='28670'>some</span> <span m='29320'>Appalachian</span> <span m='30040'>music</span> <span m='30440'>and</span> <span m='30580'>so</span> <span m='30760'>forth,</span> <span m='31150'>gospel</span> <span m='31650'>music.</span> <span m='32930'>And</span> <span m='33690'>a</span> <span m='33990'>very</span> <span m='34270'>specialty</span> <span m='34910'>label.</span> <span m='35650'>Most</span> <span m='35930'>people</span> <span m='36260'>call</span> <span m='36520'>it</span> <span m='36730'>folk</span> <span m='37420'>music</span> <span m='37930'>or</span> <span m='38370'>vernacular</span> <span m='39020'>music.</span> </p><p><span m='39770'>When</span> <span m='39960'>I</span> <span m='40050'>came</span> <span m='40350'>from</span> <span m='40590'>Germany</span> <span m='41030'>to this</span> <span m='41390'>country</span> <span m='42060'>way</span> <span m='42270'>back</span> <span m='42630'>in</span> <span m='42730'>1947,</span> <span m='44460'>I</span> <span m='44640'>was</span> <span m='44910'>quickly</span> <span m='45340'>enamored</span> <span m='45850'>by</span> <span m='46350'>the</span> <span m='46660'>amazing</span> <span m='47220'>array</span> <span m='47630'>of</span> <span m='47870'>different</span> <span m='48230'>types</span> <span m='48620'>of</span> <span m='49410'>American</span> <span m='49940'>music</span> <span m='50330'>that</span> <span m='50510'>existed.</span> <span m='51220'>I</span> <span m='51260'>first</span> <span m='51700'>heard</span> <span m='51900'>New</span> <span m='52110'>Orleans</span> <span m='52560'>jazz</span> <span m='53000'>in</span> <span m='53070'>a</span> <span m='53150'>movie</span> <span m='54040'>called</span> <span m='54350'><i>New</i></span> <span m='54590'><i>Orleans</i>.</span> <span m='55620'>And</span> <span m='55940'>then</span> <span m='56150'>I</span> <span m='56250'>heard</span> <span m='56660'>gospel</span> <span m='57120'>music</span> <span m='57560'>on</span> <span m='57690'>the</span> <span m='57790'>radio</span> <span m='58330'>and</span> <span m='58480'>hillbilly</span> <span m='58940'>music--</span> <span m='59490'>they now</span> <span m='60040'>call</span> <span m='60300'>it</span> <span m='60430'>country</span> <span m='60790'>music--</span> <span m='62030'>and</span> <span m='62550'>all</span> <span m='62930'>kinds</span> <span m='63300'>of</span> <span m='63460'>other</span> <span m='63750'>sounds</span> <span m='64420'>absolutely</span> <span m='65060'>intrigued</span> <span m='65570'>me.</span> <span m='66390'>And</span> <span m='68000'>I</span> <span m='68300'>eventually</span> <span m='69040'>started,</span> <span m='69620'>like</span> <span m='69840'>I</span> <span m='69890'>said,</span> <span m='70180'>record</span> <span m='70530'>label</span> <span m='70870'>called</span> <span m='71130'>Arhoolie</span> <span m='71630'>records,</span> <span m='73770'>because</span> <span m='74380'>I</span> <span m='74510'>was</span> <span m='75480'>very</span> <span m='75810'>fond</span> <span m='76200'>of</span> <span m='76360'>a</span> <span m='76530'>singer</span> <span m='76940'>called</span> <span m='77220'>Lightnin'</span> <span m='77610'>Hopkins,</span> <span m='77985'>who</span> <span m='78960'>was</span> <span m='79150'>a</span> <span m='79200'>blues</span> <span m='79490'>singer.</span> <span m='80780'>And</span> <span m='82910'>nobody</span> <span m='83300'>at</span> <span m='83420'>that</span> <span m='83630'>time</span> <span m='83890'>knew where</span> <span m='84210'>anybody</span> <span m='84670'>was</span> <span m='84930'>from.</span> <span m='85450'>I</span> <span m='85480'>just</span> <span m='86140'>recorded</span> <span m='86570'>the</span> <span m='86780'>people,</span> <span m='87200'>and</span> <span m='88640'>it</span> <span m='88790'>was</span> <span m='88970'>a</span> <span m='89030'>wonderful</span> <span m='90330'>existence.</span> </p><p><span m='91120'>And</span> <span m='91750'>the</span> <span m='92010'>record</span> <span m='92320'>business</span> <span m='92760'>was</span> <span m='93000'>booming</span> <span m='94180'>in</span> <span m='94350'>the</span> <span m='94480'>'60s,</span> <span m='95040'>'70s,</span> <span m='95670'>'80s,</span> <span m='96120'>into</span> <span m='96410'>the</span> <span m='96570'>'90s,</span> <span m='97980'>and</span> <span m='98940'>I</span> <span m='98990'>was</span> <span m='99220'>lucky</span> <span m='100200'>to</span> <span m='100550'>have made</span> <span m='101470'>money</span> <span m='101760'>during</span> <span m='102120'>that</span> <span m='102350'>time.</span> <span m='103530'>And</span> <span m='103740'>so</span> <span m='103970'>we</span> <span m='104130'>try</span> <span m='104340'>to</span> <span m='104470'>keep</span> <span m='104760'>this</span> <span m='105130'>store</span> <span m='105590'>going.</span> </p><p><span m='107040'>In</span> <span m='107260'>regard</span> <span m='107860'>to</span> <span m='108630'>what</span> <span m='109160'>my</span> <span m='109550'>message</span> <span m='110000'>might</span> <span m='110330'>be</span> <span m='110550'>to</span> <span m='110950'>younger</span> <span m='111340'>folks</span> <span m='111830'>who</span> <span m='112030'>are</span> <span m='112090'>looking</span> <span m='112460'>forward</span> <span m='112910'>to</span> <span m='113650'>what</span> <span m='113820'>field</span> <span m='114220'>to</span> <span m='114350'>go</span> <span m='114550'>into,</span> <span m='116150'>it's</span> <span m='116390'>really</span> <span m='116700'>important</span> <span m='117210'>that</span> <span m='117360'>whatever</span> <span m='118270'>drives you,</span> <span m='118600'>your</span> <span m='118870'>passion,</span> <span m='119990'>you</span> <span m='120110'>should</span> <span m='120370'>follow</span> <span m='120790'>that.</span> <span m='121780'>And</span> <span m='122260'>if</span> <span m='122530'>you</span> <span m='122680'>don't</span> <span m='123000'>have</span> <span m='123340'>one,</span> <span m='124090'>see</span> <span m='124360'>if</span> <span m='124500'>you</span> <span m='124660'>can</span> <span m='124860'>find</span> <span m='125260'>one,</span> <span m='125880'>by</span> <span m='126700'>studying,</span> <span m='127320'>perhaps,</span> <span m='127780'>a</span> <span m='127830'>little</span> <span m='128070'>bit</span> <span m='128310'>in</span> <span m='128430'>different</span> <span m='129210'>types</span> <span m='129639'>of</span> <span m='129960'>studies,</span> <span m='130740'>or</span> <span m='131380'>in</span> <span m='132240'>experiences.</span> <span m='133900'>It</span> <span m='134290'>doesn't</span> <span m='134620'>really</span> <span m='134850'>matter</span> <span m='135280'>if</span> <span m='135440'>it's</span> <span m='135830'>intellectual</span> <span m='136300'>or</span> <span m='136770'>if</span> <span m='136890'>it's</span> <span m='137180'>mechanics</span> <span m='137960'>or</span> <span m='139020'>things</span> <span m='139330'>of</span> <span m='139430'>that</span> <span m='139680'>nature.</span> <span m='140650'>But</span> <span m='141050'>if it</span> <span m='141270'>really</span> <span m='141730'>grabs</span> <span m='142190'>you,</span> <span m='143660'>that's</span> <span m='143980'>the</span> <span m='144080'>thing</span> <span m='144330'>to</span> <span m='144410'>follow.</span> </p>","file":{"id":315555,"video_id":"2879312873001","name":"1514-Chris-OwnerLabelMusicStore1FIX","duration":146356,"thumbnail_url":null}});