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2000 Finalists (ARSC Awards for Excellence)

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These are the finalists for the 2000 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Begun in 1991, this year a blue-ribbon Awards Committee selected by the membership poured through scores of books, articles, and liner notes published in 1999. ARSC is pleased to recognize the outstanding research and discographic work done by the nominees.

The following works, published in 1999, have been nominated:

Best Research in Recorded General Popular Music

  • Trumpet Blues: the Life of Harry James, by Peter J. Levinson (Oxford University Press)
  • Marigold: The Music of Billy Mayerl, by Peter Dickinson (Oxford University Press)
  • Phil Ochs: A Bio-Bibliography, by David Cohen (Greenwood Press)
  • Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording, by Charles L. Granata (A Capella Books)

Best Research in Recorded Classical Music

  • More EJS: A Discography of the Edward J. Smith Recordings, by William Shaman and William J. Collins (Greenwood Press)
  • "Josef Herrmann: Biographische Daten und Tondokumente," by Günther Walter in Stimmen die um die Welt gingen . . . No. 66 (December 1999), pp. 1-64.
  • "Miliza Korjus" by John Rosonakis in Record Collector 44/1 (March 1999)
  • "Clara Butt" by Dennis Foreman in Record Collector 44/2 (June 1999)

Best Research in Recorded Rock, Rhythm & Blues, or Soul

  • The Great Alternative Rock and Indie Discography, by Martin Strong (Canongate Press)
  • Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, by Peter Guralnick (Little Brown)

Best Research in Recorded Jazz, Blues, or Gospel

  • Black Gypsy: The Recordings of Eddie South, by Anthony Barnett (Allardyce Barnett)
  • A Blues Life, by Henry Townsend as told to Bill Greensmith (University of Illinois Press)
  • Giant Strides: The Legacy of Dick Wellstood, by Edward N. Meyer (Scarecrow Press)
  • Groovin' High: the Life of Dizzy Gillespie, by Alyn Shipton (Oxford University Press)
  • Jazz By Mail: Record Clubs and Record Labels 1936-1958, by Geoffrey Wheeler (Hillbrook Press)
  • Jimmy Dorsey: A Study in Contrasts, by Robert L. Stockdale (Scarecrow Press)
  • Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945, by Richard M. Sudhalter (Oxford University Press)
  • The Musical World of J. J. Johnson, by Joshua Berrett and Louis G. Bourgois III (Scarecrow Press)
  • Ride Red Ride: The Life of Henry "Red" Allen, by John Chilton (Cassell).
  • Stride! Fats, Jimmy, Lion, Lamb, and All the Other Ticklers, by John L. Fell and Terkid Vinding (Scarecrow Press)

Best Research in Recorded Folk and Ethnic Music

  • Hard Travelin': The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie, ed. by Robert Santelli and Emily Davidson (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Klezmer: Jewish Music from the Old World to the New World, by Henry Sapoznik (Schirmer)
  • Klezmer-Musik, by Rita Ottens and Joel Rubin (Barenreiter-Verlag Kassel)
  • Tito Puente and the Making of Latin Music, by Steven Loza (University of Illinois Press)

Best Research in the General History of Recorded Sound

  • Recorded Music in American Life: The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945, by William Howland Kenney (Oxford University Press)
  • A Spiral Way: How the Phonograph Changed Ethnography, by Erika Brady (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Sound Beginnings: The Early Recording Industry in Australia, by Ross Laird (Currency Press)

Best Research in Record Labels or Manufacturers

  • Little Labels, Big Sound: Small Record Companies and the Rise of American Music, by Rick Kennedy and Randy McNutt (Indiana University Press)
  • The Columbia Master Book Discography (4 vols.), by Tim Brooks and Brian Rust (Greenwood Press)
  • Little Wonders Records: A History and Discography, ed. by Tim Brooks (New Amberola)

Best Research in Phonographs

  • Antique Phonograph Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gimmicks, by Timothy Fabrizio and George Paul (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)


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