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2012 Winners: ARSC Awards for Excellence

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 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 2012 Awards for Excellence honor works published in 2011.

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 Kansas City, Missouri in May 2013.


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

Best History

Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues, by Philip R. Ratcliffe (University Press of Mississippi)

Best Discography

The Blues Discography 1971-2000
The Blues Discography 1971-2000: The Later Years: A Selective Discography, by Robert Ford and Bob McGrath
(Eyeball Productions)

Certificate of Merit

I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy, by Bob Riesman
I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy, by Bob Riesman (University of Chicago Press)

Certificate of Merit

The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock and Roll, by Preston Lauterbach (W. W. Norton)
The Chitlin' Circuit and the Road to Rock and Roll, by Preston Lauterbach (W. W. Norton)

 

 

[ Best Research in Recorded Classical Music ]

Best History

George Szell: A Life of Music, by Michael Charry
George Szell: A Life of Music, by Michael Charry (University of Illinois Press)

Best Discography

Concert Hall: Discography of the Concert Hall Society and Concert Hall Society Record Club, by John Hunt
Concert Hall: Discography of the Concert Hall Society and Concert Hall Society Record Club, by John Hunt (John Hunt)

Certificate of Merit

Richard Strauss: A Musical Life, by Raymond Holden
Richard Strauss: A Musical Life, by Raymond Holden (Yale University Press)

Certificate of Merit

Dennis Brain: A Life in Music, by Stephen J. Gamble and William C. Lynch
Dennis Brain: A Life in Music, by Stephen J. Gamble and William C. Lynch (University of North Texas Press)

 

 

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

Best History

Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe, by Marty Godbey
Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe,, by Marty Godbey (University of Illinois Press)

Certificate of Merit

Jim Reeves: His Untold Story: The Life & Times of Country Music's Greatest Singer, by Larry Jordan
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story: The Life & Times of Country Music's Greatest Singer, by Larry Jordan (Page Turner)

 

[ Best Research in Recorded Rock or Popular Music ]

Best History

Pop Song Piracy: Disobedient Music Distribution since 1929, by Barry Kernfeld
Pop Song Piracy: Disobedient Music Distribution since 1929, by Barry Kernfeld (University of Chicago Press)

Certificate of Merit

Tori Amos:  In the Studio, by Jake Brown
Tori Amos: In the Studio,
by Jake Brown (ECW)

 

Certificate of Merit

Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson, Kevin Avery
Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson, by Kevin Avery (Fantagraphic Books)

Certificate of Merit

Had Me a Real Good Time: The Faces Before and After, by Andrew Neill
Had Me a Real Good Time: The Faces Before and After,
by Andrew Neill (Omnibus)

 

 

 

[ Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music ]

Best History

Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice, by Tad Hershorn
Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice, by Tad Hershorn (University of California Press)

Certificate of Merit

Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry, by Clark Terry (University of California Press)
Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry, , by Clark Terry (University of California Press)

Certificate of Merit

What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years, by Ricky Riccardi (Pantheon Books)
What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years, by Ricky Riccardi (Pantheon Books)

Certificate of Merit

The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68, by Keith Waters (Oxford University Press)
The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68,
by Keith Waters (Oxford University Press)

 

 

 

[ Best Research in Record Labels ]

Best History

The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun, by Robert Greenfield (Simon & Schuster)
The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun, by Robert Greenfield (Simon & Schuster)

Best Discography


Beka Records: A Discography, by Frank Andrews and Bill Dean-Myatt (City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society)

Certificate of Merit

Indestructible and U-S Everlasting Cylinders: An Illustrated History and Cylinderography, by Kurt Nauck and Allan Sutton
Indestructible and U-S Everlasting Cylinders: An Illustrated History and Cylinderography, by Kurt Nauck and Allan Sutton (Mainspring Press)

Certificate of Merit

The Starday Story: The House that Country Music Built, by Nathan D. Gibson (University Press of Mississippi)
The Starday Story: The House that Country Music Built, by Nathan D. Gibson (University Press of Mississippi)

 

 

[ Best General Research in Recorded Sound ]

Best History

Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures, by Jacob Smith (University of California Press)
Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures, , by Jacob Smith (University of California 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 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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