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2007 Finalists: ARSC Awards for Excellence

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The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2007 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Winners will be announced in June 2006 and awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 5, 2007, during ARSC’s annual conference in Milwaukee.

Begun in 1991, the ARSC Awards are given to authors of books, articles or recording liner notes to recognize those publishing the very best work today in recorded sound research. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work. A maximum of two awards are presented annually in each category, for best history (H) and best discography (D). Awards are presented to both the authors and publishers of winning publications.

Winners are chosen by an ARSC Awards Committee consisting of five elected judges representing specific fields of study in addition to the editor of the ARSC Journal and the President of ARSC. The 2007 ARSC Awards Committee consists of the following: Roberta Freund-Schwartz (Awards Committee Co-Chair); Robert Iannapollo (Awards Committee Co-Chair); Sam Brylawski (ARSC President); Brenda Nelson-Strauss (Immediate Past-President); Jim 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); and Dick Spottswood (Judge-at-Large).

The following works, published in 2006, have been nominated:

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

  • Big Boss Man: The Life and Music of Bluesman Jimmy Reed, by Will Romano (Backbeat) (H)
  • Blues Discography, 1943-1970, by Les Fancourt and Bob McGrath (Eyeball Productions) (D)
  • Chicago Blues: Portraits and Storiesm, by David G. Whiteis (University of Illinois Press) (H)
  • Encyclopedia of the Blues, by Edward M. Komara (Routledge) (H)
  • Presence and Pleasure: The Funk Grooves of James Brown and Parliament, by Anne Danielsen (Wesleyan University Press) (H)
  • Sam Myers: The Blues Is My Story, by Sam Myers and Jeff Horton (University of Mississippi Press) (H)

Best Research in Recorded Classical Music

  • A Discography of Concert Band Recordings on Compact Disc: Promoting the Artistry of Band Composition, by Lawrence Stoffel (Edwin Mellen Press ) (D)
  • The Flute on Record: The 78 rpm Era, A Discography, by Susan Nelson (Scarecrow Press) (D)
  • Guide to the Tuba Repertoire: The New Tuba Source Book, ed. by R. Winston Morris and Daniel Perantoni (Indiana University Press) (D)
  • The Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa, by Paul Bierley (University of Illinois Press) (H/D)
  • Lionel Tertis: The First Great Virtuoso of the Viola, by John White (Boydell Press) (H)
  • New York Philharmonic: The Authorized Recordings, 1917-2005, A Discography, by James H. North (Scarecrow Press) (D)
  • Wagner im Festspielhaus: Discography of the Bayreuth Recordings, by John Hunt (J. Hunt) (D)
  • Women Composers and Music Technology in the United States: Crossing the Line, by Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner (Ashgate) (H)

Best Research in Recorded Country Music

  • Country Music: The People, Places, and Moments That Shaped the Country Sound, by Richard Carlin (Black Dog & Leventhal) (H)
  • The Grand Ole Opry: The Making of an American Icon, by Colin Escott (Center Street) (H)
  • How Nashville Became Music City USA: 50 Years of Music Row, by Michael Kosser (Hal Leonard) (H)
  • Johnny Cash: The Biography, by Michael Streissguth (Da Capo Press) (H)
  • No One To Cry To: A Long, Hard Ride Into the Sunset With Foy Willing of the Riders of the Purple Sage, by Sharon Lee Willing (Wheatmark) (H/D)
  • Old Shep: The Red Foley Recordings, 1933-1950, liner notes by Cary Ginnell (Bear Family) (H)
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music in America, by Paul Kingsbury and Alanna Nash (DK) (H)
  • Bob Luman: Let's Think About Living, His Recordings 1955-1967, liner notes by Hank Davis (Bear Family) (H)

Best Research in Recorded Folk, Ethnic, or World Music

  • America's Polka King: The Real Story of Frankie Yankovic and His Music, by Bob Dolgan (Gray & Co.) (H/D)
  • Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music, by David F. García (Temple University Press) (H/D)
  • The Dawn of Indian Music in the West, by Peter Lavezzoli (Continuum) (H)
  • The Life and Music of the American Folk Artist Doc Watson, by Fred Metting (Edwin Mellen Press) (H)
  • Palestinian Arab Music: A Maqam Tradition in Practice, by Dalia Cohen and Ruth Katz (University of Chicago Press) (H)
  • Performing Democracy: Bulgarian Music and Musicians in Transition, by Donna Anne Buchanan (University of Chicago Press) (H)
  • Polkabilly: How the Goose Island Ramblers Redefined American Folk Music, by James P. Leary (Oxford University Press) (H)
  • Texas Zydeco, by Charles Roger Wood and James Fraher (University of Texas Press) (H)
  • Die Wachszylinder des Berliner Phonogramm-Archivs, by Susanne Ziegler (Berlin Ethnologisches Museum) (D)
  • West Indian Rhythm, liner notes by John Cowley (Bear Family) (H/D)

Best Research in General History of Recorded Sound

  • If These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour Through San Francisco Recording Studios, by Heather Johnson (Thomson Course Technology) (H)
  • Making Easy Listening: Material Culture and Postwar American Recording, by Tim J. Anderson (University of Minnesota Press) (H)
  • A Shot in the Dark: Making Records in Nashville, 1945-1955, by Martin Hawkins (Vanderbilt University Press/Country Music Foundation) (H/D)

Best Research in Record Labels

  • The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, by Ashley Kahn (W.W. Norton) (H)
  • The Plaza-ARC Discography, vol. 1 (1922-1931), by Billie W. Thomas and Allan Sutton (Mainspring) (D)
  • Rough Trade, by Rob Young (Black Dog) (H/D)

Best Research in Recorded Jazz

  • All of Me: The Complete Discography of Louis Armstrong, by Jos Willems (Scarecrow Press) (D)
  • Bags’ Groove: A Discography of Milt Jackson, by Chris Sheridan (Names & Numbers) (D))
  • City of Gabriels: the History of Jazz in St.Louis, 1895-1973, by Dennis Owsley (Reedy Press) (H)
  • The Dark Tree: Jazz and the Community Arts in Los Angeles, by Steven Louis Isoardi (University of California Press) (H)
  • Deutsche Hot-Discographie: Cakewalk, Ragtime, Hot Dance & Jazz, ein Handbuch, by Rainer E. Lotz (Birgit Lotz) (D)
  • Fats Waller on the Air: The Radio Broadcasts and Discography, by Stephen Taylor (Scarecrow Press) (H/D)
  • Harlem of the West: The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era, by Elizabeth Pepin and Lewis Watts (Chronicle Books) (H)
  • One O'Clock Jump: The Unforgettable History of the Oklahoma City Blue Devils, by Douglas Henry Daniels (Beacon Press) (H)
  • Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra: the Greatest Band That Ever Was, by Walter Kolosky (Abstract Logix Books) (H)
  • Rhythm Is Our Business: Jimmie Lunceford and the Harlem Express, by Eddy Determeyer (University of Michigan Press) (H/D)
  • Someone to Watch Over Me: The Life and Music of Ben Webster, by Frank Büchmann-Møller (University of Michigan Press) (H)

Best Research in Recorded Popular Music

  • Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music, by Christopher J. Oglesby (University of Texas Press) (H)
  • George Gershwin: His Life and Work, by Howard Pollack (University of California Press) (H)
  • The Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest, ed. by Ian Peddie (Ashgate) (H)
  • The Songs That Fought the War: Popular Music and the Home Front, by John Bush Jones (Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England) (H)
  • Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music, by Mark J. Butler (Indiana University Press) (H)

Best Research in Recorded Rock Music

  • Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll, by Rick Coleman (Da Capo Press) (H)
  • The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band, by Ken Burke and Dan Griffin (Chicago Review Press) (H)
  • Cat Stevens: The Complete Illustrated Biography & Discography, by George Brown (George Brown) (H/D)
  • Endless Enigma: A Musical Biography of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, by Edward Macan (Open Court) (H)
  • Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles, by Geoff Emerick and Howard Massey (Gotham Books) (H)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Catalogue, by Philip Hoare and Chris Heath (Thames & Hudson) (H/D)
  • Sky Dog: The Duane Allman Story, by Randy Poe (Backbeat Books) (H)
  • The Unreleased Beatles: Music & Film, by Ritchie Unterberger (Backbeat Books) (H)
  • The Words and Music of Frank Zappa, by Kelly Fisher Lowe (Praeger) (H)


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