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2011 Winners: ARSC Awards for Excellence

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 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 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 2011 Awards for Excellence honor works published in 2010.

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 Rochester, New York in May 2012.


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[ Best Research in Recorded Blues, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, or Soul Music ]

Best History

Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues by Alan Govenar
Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues Alan Govenar (A Capella Press)

Certificate of Merit

Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920 by C. Muir
Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920 , by C. Muir (University of Illinois Press)

Certificate of Merit

Raisin' Cain: The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter, by Mary Lou Sullivan and Johnny Winter

Raisin' Cain: The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter, by Mary Lou Sullivan and Johnny Winter (Backbeat Books)

[ Best Research in Recorded Classical Music ]

Best History

Adolf Busch: The Life of an Honest Musician (2 Volume Set) , by Tully Potte
Adolf Busch: The Life of an Honest Musician (2 Volume Set) , by Tully Potter (Toccata Press)

Best Discography

Mahler Discography, by Peter Fülöp
Mahler Discography, by Peter Fülöp (Doremi)

Certificate of Merit

Gregor Piatigorsky: The Life and Career of the Virtuoso Cellist , by Terry King
Gregor Piatigorsky: The Life and Career of the Virtuoso Cellist , by Terry King (McFarland Publishing)

[ Best Research in Recorded Country, Ethnic, or Folk Music ]

Best History

My Name is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician, by Vikram Sampath
My Name is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician, by Vikram Sampath (Rupa Publications)

Certificate of Merit

Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival, by Ray Allen
Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival, by Ray Allen (University of Illinois Press)

 

[ Best Research in Recorded Rock or Popular Music ]

Best History

Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Folk Music Revival, by Ray Allen
Restless Giant: The Life and Times of Jean Aberbach and Hill and Range Songs, by Bar Biszick-Lockwood (University of Illinois Press)

Certificate of Merit

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, by Will Friedwald
A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, by Will Friedwald (Pantheon Books)

 

Certificate of Merit

I Don't Sound Like Nobody: Remaking Music in 1950s America, by Albin J. Zak
I Don't Sound Like Nobody: Remaking Music in 1950s America, by Albin J. Zak (University of Michigan Press)

[ Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music ]

Best History (tie)

That's Got 'Em!: The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman, by Mark Berresford
That's Got 'Em!: The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman, by Mark Berresford (University Press of Mississippi)

Best History (tie)

Hot Jazz For Sale: Hollywood's Jazz Man Record Shop (Book + CD), by Cary Ginell
Hot Jazz For Sale: Hollywood's Jazz Man Record Shop (Book + CD), by Cary Ginell (lulu.com)

Certificate of Merit

African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, by Randy Weston
African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, by Randy Weston (Duke University Press)

[ Best Research in Record Labels ]

Best History

House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios, by Bradley and Charles Roger Wood
House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios, by Bradley and Charles Roger Wood (University of Texas Press)

 

 

[ Best Ongoing Research in Business of Recorded Sound]

Best History

The Lindström Project: Contributions to the History of the Record Industry/Beiträge Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie, volume 2, by by Pekka Gronow and Christiane Hofer
The Lindström Project: Contributions to the History of the Record Industry/Beiträge Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie, volume 2, by by Pekka Gronow and Christiane Hofer (Gesellshaft für Historische Tonträger)

 

 

 

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 2011 ARSC Awards Committee are: Roberta Freund Schwartz (Committee Co-Chair), David Lewis (Committee Co-Chair), Vincent Pelote (ARSC President), James Farrington (Book Review Editor, ARSC Journal), Dennis Rooney (Classical Music Judge), Cary Ginnell (Judge-At-Large), Dan Morgenstern (Jazz Music Judge), William L. Schurk (Popular Music Judge), and Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large)

 

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