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2006 Finalists: ARSC Awards for Excellence

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ARSC is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2006 ARSC Awards for excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Winners will be announced in October. Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 5, 2007, during ARSC's annual conference.

Begun in 1991, the awards are presented to authors and publishers of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes outstanding contributions, encourages high standards, and promotes awareness of superior works. A maximum of two awards is presented annually in each category, for best history [H] and best discography [D].

Winners are chosen by the ARSC Awards Committee: five elected judges representing specific fields of study, the ARSC President, and the Book Review Editor of the ARSC Journal. The members of the 2006 ARSC Awards Committee are: Roberta Freund-Schwartz (Awards Committee Co-Chair); Robert Iannapollo (Awards Committee Co-Chair); Brenda Nelson-Strauss (now ARSC Past-President); James Farrington (Book Review Editor, ARSC Journal); David Hamilton (Classical Music Judge); Kip Lornell (Judge-At-Large); Dan Morgenstern (Jazz Music Judge); William L. Schurk (Popular Music Judge); Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large)

The following works, published in 2005, have been nominated:

Blues / Rhythm & Blues / Soul

  • Dewey and Elvis: The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Deejay by Louis Cantor (University of Illinois)
  • Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick (Little Brown)
  • A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them by Buzzy Jackson (W. W. Norton)
  • Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University-Library of Congress Coahoma County Folklore Study by John W. Work, Lewis Wade Jones, Samuel Adams; Robert Gordon and Bruce Nemerov, editors (Vanderbilt)


  • Michael Rabin: America's Virtuoso Violinist by Anthony Feinstein (Amadeus)
  • Rachmaninoff: Life, Works, Recordings by Max Harrison (Continuum)
  • While Spring and Summer Sang: Thomas Beecham and the Music of Frederick Delius by Lyndon Jenkins (Ashgate)
  • Yevgeny Mravinsky: The Noble Conductor by Gregor Tassie (Scarecrow Press)
  • Prince of Virtuosos: A Life of Walter Rummel, American Pianist by Charles Timbrell (Scarecrow Press)


  • Bob Wills: Faded Love, 1947-1973 by Rich Kienzle (Bear Family)
  • The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love, and Liberty in the American Ballad by Sean Wilentz and Greil Marcus, editors (W. W. Norton)
  • King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans by Ray White (University of Wisconsin)
  • Country Music Goes to War by Charles K. Wolfe (University of Kentucky)

Folk / Ethnic / World

  • America Over the Water by Shirley Collins (SAF)
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Definitive Discography by Roger Steffens and Leroy Jodie Pierson (Rounder)
  • Electric Folk: The Changing Face of English Traditional Music by Britta Sweers (Oxford)
  • The Mayor of Macdougal Street: A Memoir by Dave Van Ronk and Elijah Wald; forward by Lawrence Bloch (Da Capo)
  • The Encyclopedia of Native Music: More Than a Century of Recordings from Wax Cylinder to the Internet by Brian Wright-McLeod (University of Arizona)

Rap / Hip-Hop

  • Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang (St. Martins)
  • Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip-Hop by Tamara Palmer (Backbeat)


  • Soft Machine: Out-bloody-rageous by Graham Bennett (SAF)
  • Grit, Noise, and Revolution: The Birth of Detroit Rock 'n' Roll by David Carson (University of Michigan)
  • Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds's Gene Clark by John Einarson (Backbeat)
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me: The Life of "Mama" Cass Elliot by Eddi Fiegel (Sidgwick & Jackson)
  • Speak to Me: The Legacy of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon by Russell Reising, editor (Ashgate)
  • Van Morrison: No Surrender by Johnny Rogan (Secker & Warburg)
  • Conversations with Tom Petty by Paul Zollo and Tom Petty (Omnibus)


  • Stan Getz: An Annotated Bibliography and Filmography with Song and Session Information for Albums by Nicholas Churchill (McFarland)
  • The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis 1980-1991 by George Cole
    (University of Michigan)
  • Pioneers of Jazz: The Story of the Creole Band by Lawrence Gushee (Oxford)
  • Bix: The Definitive Biography of a Jazz Legend: Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke (1903-1931) by Jean Pierre Lion (Continuum)
  • The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz by Jeffrey Magee (Oxford)
  • Head Hunters: The Making of Jazz's First Platinum Album by Steven F. Pond (University of Michigan)
  • Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker by Brian Priestley (Oxford)
  • Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond by Doug Ramsey and Paul Caulfield (discography) (Parkside Publications, Seattle)

Labels / General History

  • Echo and Reverb: Fabricating Space in Popular Music Recording, 1900-1960 by Peter Doyle (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Sixty Years in the Music Business, by Nathaniel Shilkret with Niel Shell and Barbara Shilkret, editors (Scarecrow Press)
  • Edison Blue Amberol Cylinders by Allan Sutton (Mainspring Press)


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