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2017 Winners: ARSC Awards for Excellence

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 12, 2018, during ARSC’s annual conference in Baltimore, MD. Additional information about the conference and the ARSC Awards for Excellence can be found at www.arsc-audio.org.

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. Two awards are presented annually in each category, for best history and best discography, and several others are acknowledged with Certificates of Merit. Awards are presented to both the authors and publishers of winning publications.

The 2017 Awards for Excellence honor books published in 2016.


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[ Best Research in Recorded Rock Music ]

Best History

Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol
Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol
by Steve Jones with Ben Thompson
(Da Capo)

Best Discography

The Immediate Discography: the First 20 Year
The Immediate Discography: the First 20 Years
by Mark Jones
(The Record Press/lulu.com)

Certificate of Merit

Never Say No to A Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More…
Never Say No to A Rock Star: In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More…
by Glenn Berger
(Schaffner Press)

[ Best Research in Recorded Popular Music ]

Best History

Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music
Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music
by John W. Troutman
(University of North Carolina Press)

 

Best Discography

Four Boys and a Guitar: The Story and Music of the Mills Brothers
Four Boys and a Guitar: The Story and Music of the Mills Brothers
by Douglas E. Friedman
(self-published)

Certificate of Merit

A Cole Porter Companion
A Cole Porter Companion
by Don M. Randel, Matthew Shaftel, and Susan Forscher Weiss
(University of Illinois Press)

[ Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz ]

Best History

Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson
Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson
by Benny Golson and Jim Merod
(Temple University Press)

Certificate of Merit

Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era
Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era
by John Wriggle
(University of Illinois Press)

[ Best Research in Recorded Country Music ]

Best History

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music
Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music
by Bill Anderson and Peter Michael Cooper
(University of Georgia Press)

Certificate of Merit

The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp
The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp
by Ted Olson and Tony Russell
(Bear Family Records)

Certificate of Merit

Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler
Foggy Mountain Troubadour: The Life and Music of Curly Seckler
by Penny Parsons
(University of Illinois Press)

[ Best Historical Research in Recorded Roots, Folk or World Music ]

Best History

American Epic: The First Time America Heard Itself
American Epic: The First Time America Heard Itself
by Bernard McMahon, Allison McGourty and Elijah Wald
(Touchstone)

[ Best Historical Research in Recorded Blues, Gospel, Soul or R&B ]

Best History

The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music’s Golden Age
The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music’s Golden Age
by Bill Dahl
(University of Chicago Press)

Best Discography

Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero
Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero
by Ed Ward
(Chicago Review Press)

Certificate of Merit

Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge
Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge
by Martin Hawkins
(LSU Press)

Certificate of Merit

Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism & the Phonograph, 1890-1900
Waxing the Gospel: Mass Evangelism & the Phonograph, 1890-1900
by Richard Martin
(Archeophone)

Certificate of Merit

Race Records and the American Recording Industry, 1919-1945: An Illustrated History
Race Records and the American Recording Industry, 1919-1945: An Illustrated History
by Allan Sutton
(Mainspring Press)

[ Best Historical Research in Recorded Classical Music ]

Best History

Barbirolli: A Chronicle of a Career
Barbirolli: A Chronicle of a Career
by Raymond Holden
(Barbirolli Society, in association with the Royal Academy of Music)

Certificate of Merit

Performing Life: The Story of Ruth Posselt, American Violinist
Performing Life: The Story of Ruth Posselt, American Violinist
by Diana Lewis Burgin
(University of Massachusetts Press)

[ Best Historical Research on General Recording Topics ]

Best History

Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture
Uproot: Travels in 21st Century Music and Digital Culture
Jace Clayton (aka DJ Rupture)
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Best Discography

Australia’s Most Comprehensive Vinyl Record Guide: A Definitive Catalogue Of Music Released By Artists And Bands Who Shaped The Music Industry Around The World For 70 Years
Australia’s Most Comprehensive Vinyl Record Guide:
A Definitive Catalogue Of Music Released By Artists And Bands
Who Shaped The Music Industry Around The World For 70 Years

by Thomas Balacco
(Thomas Balacco; Hardshell Publishing)

Certificate of Merit

Recorded sound in Czech Lands, 1900-1946
Recorded sound in Czech Lands, 1900-1946
by Gabriel Gössel and Filip Šír
(The Moravian Library)

Certificate of Merit

The Untold Story of the Talking Book
The Untold Story of the Talking Book
by Matthew Rubery
(Harvard University Press)

[ Best Historical Research in Record Labels ]

Best History

Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy
Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy
by Richard Carlin
(University Press of Mississippi)

Best Discography

The Gramophone Company's first Indian recordings 1899 - 1907
The Gramophone Company's first Indian recordings 1899 - 1907
by Michael Kinnear
(Bajakhana)

Certificate of Merit

Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy
"The 1898 Gramophone Co. Studio: New Perspectives" (A three part series)
by Peter Adamson
For the Record: The Journal of The City of London
Phonograph and Gramophone Society

56: 448-456; 59: 147-156; 60: 206-213

Certificate of Merit

Attractive Hebrews: The Lambert Yiddish Cylinders, 1901-1905
Attractive Hebrews: The Lambert Yiddish Cylinders, 1901-1905
Henry Sapoznik and Richard Martin with the assistance of Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture and the Mills Music Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
(Archeophone)

Certificate of Merit

Motown: The Sound of Young America
Motown: The Sound of Young America
by Adam White, Barney Ales, and Andrew Loog Oldham
(Thames & Hudson)

 

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

Winners are chosen by a committee consisting of three elected judges representing specific fields of study, two judges-at-large, the review editor of the ARSC Journal and the President or past President of ARSC. The 2017 ARSC Awards Committee consists of the following:

Dan Morgenstern (Jazz Music Judge); Jon Samuels (Classical Music Judge); Matthew Barton (Popular Music Judge and ARSC Presedent); Cary Ginell (Judge-At-Large); Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large); James Farrington (Book Review Editor, ARSC Journal); Patrick Feaster (ARSC past President); David N. "Uncle Dave" Lewis (Awards Committee Co-Chair), and Roberta Freund Schwartz (Awards Committee Co-Chair).<\p>

 

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