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2013 Finalists (ARSC Awards for Excellence)

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The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Winners will be announced prior to July 2013 and the awards will be presented at a ceremony in May 2014, during ARSC's annual conference. Additional information about the organization, conference and the ARSC Awards for Excellence can be found at

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 (H) and best discography (D), and several others are acknowledged with Certificates of Merit. Awards are presented to both the authors and publishers of winning publications.

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

Dan Morgenstern (Jazz Music Judge)
Dennis Rooney (Classical Music Judge)
William L. Schurk (Popular Music Judge)
Mike Biel (Judge-At-Large)
Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large)
James Farrington (Book Review Editor, ARSC Journal)
Tim Brooks (ARSC President)
David Lewis (Awards Committee Co-Chair)
Roberta Freund Schwartz (Awards Committee Co-Chair)

The following works, published in 2012, have been selected as finalists:

Best Research in Recorded Rock Music

Marc Dolan, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll (W. W. Norton)

Michael Drewett, Sarah Hill and Kimi Karki, Peter Gabriel, from Genesis to Growing Up (Ashgate)

Andrew Jackson Grant, Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles' Solo Careers (Scarecrow)

Mike Markesich, Teen Beat Mayhem! (

Robert Rodriguez, Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock 'n ' Roll (Backbeat Books)

Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski, Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off-the-record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton and so much more (Alfred Music Publishing)

Best Research in Recorded Popular Music

Gregg Akkerman, The Last Balladeer: the Johnny Hartman Story (Scarecrow)

David Horn and John Shepherd, eds, The Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume 8: Genres: North America (Continuum Press)

Carole King, A Natural Woman: A Memoir (Grand Central Publishing)

Hank Reineke, Arlo Guthrie: The Warner/Reprise Years (Scarecrow)

Best Historical Research in Blues/Gospel/Hip-hop/R&B

Buddy Guy and David Ritz, When I Left Home: My Story (Da Capo)

Matt Miller, Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans (University of Massachusetts Press)

Best Research in Record Labels

William R. Bryant, The American Zonophone Discography, Volume I: Ten- and Twelve-Inch Popular Series (1904–1912) (Mainspring Press)

Jack Mirtle, The Capitol Records Childrens' Series: 1944 to 1956, The Complete Discography (Jack Mirtle)

Jason Weiss, Always in Trouble: An Oral History of ESP-Disc, the Most Outrageous Record Label in America (Wesleyan University Press)

Sean Wiletz, 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story (Chronicle)

Best Historical Research in Recorded Folk, Ethnic, or Country Music

Josh Graves, Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir (University of Illinois Press)

Agustin Gurza, The Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings (Chicano Archives) (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press)

Rich Kinsley, Tall Dark Stranger: The Buck Owens & The Buckaroos Recordings 1969-1975 (Bear Family Records)

Charlie Louvin, Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers (ItBooks)

Christopher Scales, Recording Culture: Powwow Music and the Aboriginal Recording Industry on the Northern Plains (Duke University Press)

Therese Smith, Ancestral Imprints: Histories of Irish Traditional Music and Dance (Cork University Press)

Jill Terry and Neil A. Wynn, eds, Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities (University Press of Mississippi)

Stephen Wade, The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience (University of Illinois Press)

Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz

Derrick Bang, Vince Guaraldi at the Piano (McFarland) Gary Carner, Pepper Adams' Joy Road: An Annotated Discography (Scarecrow)

Bob Gluck, You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band (University of Chicago Press)

Thomas Hustad, Born to Play: The Ruby Braff Discography and Directory of Performances (Scarecrow)

Rob Palmer, Mr. P.C.: The Life and Music of Paul Chambers (Equinox Publishing)

Don Rayno, Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1930-1967, vol. 2 (Scarecrow)

Catherine Tackley, Benny Goodman's Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert (Oxford University Press)

Richard Vacca, The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places and Nightlife 1937-1962 (Troy Street Press)

Christopher Wilkinson, Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia (University Press of Mississippi)

Best Historical Research in Classical Music

Jonathan Brown, Great Wagner Conductors: A Listener's Companion (Parrot Press)

Roger Flury, Giacomo Puccini: A Discography (Scarecrow)

Stephen Hastings, The Bjorling Sound: A Recorded Legacy (University of Rochester Press)

D. Kern Holoman, Charles Munch (Oxford University Press)

John Hunt, Frosch Critical discography of the Strauss Opera Die Frau Ohne Schatten (John Hunt)

Best Historical Research on General Recording Topics

Patrick Feaster, Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio: 980-1980 (Dust-to-Digital)

Mark Fonder, Patrick Conway and his Famous Band (Meredith Music)

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

Richard Osbourne, Vinyl: A History of the Analogue Record (Ashgate)

Jonathan Sterne, MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Duke University Press)

Timothy D. Taylor, Mark Katz, and Tony Grajeda, eds, Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio (Duke University Press)


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