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2014 Winners: ARSC Awards for Excellence

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. 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. Two awards may be presented annually in each category—one for best history and one for best discography. Certificates of Merit are presented to runners-up of exceptionally high quality. The 2014 Awards for Excellence honor works published in 2013.

All of the honorees have now been notified, and certificates and one year memberships to ARSC are being produced and distributed. The winners will also be acknowledged at the awards ceremony at the ARSC national conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 2015.

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[ Best Research in Recorded Blues, Hip-Hop, Rhythm & Blues ]

Best History

Southern Soul-Blues
Southern Soul-Blues,
by David G. Whiteis
(University of Illinois Press)

Certificate of Merit

The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars
The Amazing Jimmi Mayes:
Sideman to the Stars,

by Jimmi Mayes and V. C. Speek
(University Press of Mississippi)

Certificate of Merit

Mojo Hand: The Life and Music of Lightnin' Hopkins, by Timothy O'Brien (University of Texas Press)
Mojo Hand:
The Life and Music of Lightnin' Hopkins

by Timothy O'Brien
(University of Texas Press)

[ Best Historical Research in Classical Music ]

Best History

Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers<br>Banned by the Nazis, by Michael Haas (Yale University Press)
Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, by Michael Haas (Yale University Press)

Best Discography

Antal Doráti and his Recorded Legacy, by Richard Chlupaty (Antal Doráti Centenary Society)
Antal Doráti and his Recorded Legacy
by Richard Chlupaty
(Antal Doráti Centenary Society)

Certificate of Merit

Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 - 1955, by Richard Arsenty and Robert Ignatius Letellier (Cambridge Scholars Publications)
Giacomo Meyerbeer: A Discography of Vintage Recordings 1889 - 1955
by Richard Arsenty
and Robert Ignatius Letellier
(Cambridge Scholars Publications)

Certificate of Merit

The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson and American Arts Management, by James M. Doering (University of Illinois Press)
The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson
and American Arts Management

by James M. Doering
(University of Illinois Press)

Certificate of Merit

Alec Wilder, by Philip Lambert (University of Illinois Press)
Alec Wilder
by Philip Lambert
(University of Illinois Press)

 

[ Best Historical Research in Country Music ]

Best History

Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens, by Buck Owens and Randy Poe (Backbeat)
Buck 'Em! The Autobiography
of Buck Owens
, by Buck Owens and Randy Poe (Backbeat)

Certificate of Merit

The Johnson City Sessions, 1928-1929: Can You Sing or Play Old-Time Music?
The Johnson City Sessions, 1928-1929:
Can You Sing or Play Old-Time Music?

by Ted Olson and Tony Russell
(Bear Family Records)

Certificate of Merit

idden in the Mix: the African American Presence in Country Music
Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music, edited by Diane Pecknold (Duke University Press)

[ Best Historical Research in Recorded Folk or World Music ]

Best History

Longing for the Past: the 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia, by David Murray (Dust-to-Digital)
Longing for the Past:
the 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia,

by David Murray (Dust-to-Digital)

Best Discography

The History and Evolution of the Bouzouki & Its First Recordings(1926-1932), by Stavros Kourousis (Orpheum Records)
The History and Evolution of the Bouzouki & Its First Recordings
(1926-1932)
, by Stavros Kourousis
(Orpheum Records)

Certificate of Merit

Robert Lachmann's Oriental Music Broadcasts, 1936-1937: A Musical Ethnography of Mandatory Palestine, by Ruth F. Davis (A-R Editions)
Robert Lachmann's Oriental Music Broadcasts, 1936-1937: A Musical Ethnography of Mandatory Palestine,
by Ruth F. Davis (A-R Editions)

[ Best Research in Recorded Rock Music ]

Best History

Jethro Tull's
Jethro Tull's "Thick as a Brick" and
"A Passion Play": Inside Two Long Songs

by Tim Smolko
(Indiana University Press)

Certificate of Merit

Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music, by S. Alexander Reed (Oxford University Press)
Assimilate: A Critical History
of Industrial Music

by S. Alexander Reed
(Oxford University Press)

 

[ Best Historical Research in Recorded Popular Music ]

Best History

Nilsson: the Life of a Singer-Songwriter, by Alyn Shipton (Oxford University Press)
Nilsson: the Life of a Singer-Songwriter
by Alyn Shipton
(Oxford University Press)

Certificate of Merit

Late Life Jazz: The Life and Career of Rosemary Clooney, by Ken Crossland and Malcolm Macfarlane (Oxford University Press)
Late Life Jazz: The Life and
Career of Rosemary Clooney

by Ken Crossland and Malcolm Macfarlane (Oxford University Press)

[ Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music ]

Best History

Mingus Speaks!, by Charles Mingus and John F. Goodman (University of California Press)
Mingus Speaks!
by Charles Mingus and John F. Goodman
(University of California Press)

Certificate of Merit

The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor, by Billy Taylor and Teresa L. Reed (Indiana University Press)
The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor
by Billy Taylor and Teresa L. Reed
(Indiana University Press)

Certificate of Merit

More Important Than The Music: A History of Jazz Discography, by Bruce D. Epperson (University of Chicago Press)
More Important Than The Music:
A History of Jazz Discography

by Bruce D. Epperson
(University of Chicago Press)

[ Best Research in Record Labels ]

Best History

The John Fahey Handbook: with a Complete Illustrated Discography and Labelography of Fonotone & Takoma Records, by Claudio Guerrieri (Claudio Guerrieri)
The John Fahey Handbook: with a Complete Illustrated Discography and Labelography of Fonotone & Takoma Records, by Claudio Guerrieri (Claudio Guerrieri)

Best Discography

Emerson Records: A History and Discography Part 1: Complete 10
Emerson Records: A History and Discography Part 1: Complete 10" & 12" Issues, by William R. Bryant, edited by Allan Sutton (Mainspring Press)

Certificate of Merit

Edison Amberol Cylinders, 1908-1913, by Allan Sutton (Mainspring Press)
Edison Amberol Cylinders, 1908-1913
by Allan Sutton
(Mainspring Press)

[ Best Historical Research on General Recording Topics ]

Best History

Recording History: The British Record Industry 1888-1931, by Peter Martland (Scarecrow)
Recording History: The British Record Industry 1888-1931
by Peter Martland (Scarecrow)

Best Discography

A Scottish Vernacular Discography, 1888-1960, by Bill Dean-Myatt (City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society)
A Scottish Vernacular Discography, 1888-1960, by Bill Dean-Myatt
(City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society)

Certificate of Merit

Dyskopedia poloników 1919-1939, by Katarzyna Janczewska-Solomko (Biblioteka Narodowa)
Dyskopedia poloników 1919-1939
by Katarzyna Janczewska-Solomko
(Biblioteka Narodowa)

Certificate of Merit

Black Europe, by Jeffrey P. Green, Rainer Lotz et al. (Bear Family Records)
Black Europe
by Jeffrey P. Green, Rainer Lotz et al.
(Bear Family Records)

Certificate of Merit

Triple Entendre: Furniture Music, Muzak, Muzak-Plus, by Herve Vanel (University of Illinois Press)
Triple Entendre: Furniture Music, Muzak, Muzak-Plus, by Herve Vanel
(University of Illinois Press)

 

 

For more information, contact either Roberta Freund Schwartz (University of Kansas).

Winners are chosen by the ARSC Awards Committee: five elected judges representing specific fields of study, plus the ARSC President, and the Book Review Editor of the ARSC Journal. The members of the 2014 ARSC Awards Committee are: Roberta Freund Schwartz (Committee Co-Chair), David Lewis (Committee Co-Chair), Tim Brooks (ARSC President), James Farrington (Book Review Editor, ARSC Journal), Dennis Rooney (Classical Music Judge), Dan Morgenstern (Jazz Music Judge), Matthew Barton (Popular Music Judge), Ed Komara (Judge-At-Large), and Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large).

 

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