Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Current Bibliography

Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Current Bibliography

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"Current Bibliography" is an annotated index to research on recording history that has appeared recently in specialized journals. To be indexed here an article must be in English, be reasonably substantive, and deal with recording history--as opposed to musicology, sociology, or contemporary subjects such as collecting or record reviews. "W/D" or "discog." means that the article was accompanied by something at least remotely resembling a discography.

Issues covered this time were received between February and August 2009. If you contact one of these publications or authors, please mention ARSC and "Current Bibliography." Corrections or suggested entries may be sent to the compiler at tim@timbrooks. net.

News of Publications

A few months ago good buddy Dick Spottswood suggested we introduce the ARSC copyright reform proposals to performing artists by co-authoring an article in one of the leading old-time music magazines, Old Time Herald (OTH). We did, and it reminded me how such publications often contain excellent articles on historical recording artists in their fields. So beginning with this issue, and thanks to the friendly staff at OTH, Old Time Herald will be listed in CB. Besides our article (illustrated with a graphic of a cassette with a copyright "padlock" on it!) the current issue has a well researched and illustrated article on Kasper "Stranger" Malone (1909-2005), a multi-instrumentalist said to have had the longest recording career of any musician (1926-2003). The cover has an engaging picture of the grandfatherly 91 year-old Malone playing clarinet at a festival in 2000, alongside bright-faced six year-old fiddler Clay Sutton. Music bridging generations!

Sadly we must report the death in January 2009 of Leslie Johnson, the founder and longtime publisher of The Mississippi Rag, which was listed here for many years. Leslie was so dedicated to her music that when print production became no longer practical she kept the Rag going as an online publication (2007), and finally as a website (2008). Her enthusiasm and dedication will be missed by those in the ragtime community.

Undoubtedly the most unusual article this time is "The Record Collector's Guide to Japanese" by Shuichiro Kawai, in the Summer 2009 Classic Record Collector. Through tables comparing Japanese characters with English sounds, words and names, it attempts to let English-speakers translate Japanese record labels. For example .??? means "Chopin."

Let's Go

Have you explored Google book search ( More than seven million books have been scanned and put online by the digital service. Books in the public domain and some that are in-copyright (about a million) can be searched and downloaded in their entirety, while others that are still in print can be "previewed." That means random pages--usually a lot of them--can be viewed. For example big chunks of both my Lost Sounds and The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows can be viewed, along with volumes two and four of The Columbia Master Book Discography. If you want volume one or three, sorry, you'll have to buy them. Quite a few other Greenwood discographies are there as well.

Periodicals are also included. Type in "Billboard" and then "browse all issues" and you'll find hundreds of issues of the music publication, from 1942 to 2008, fully displayed. ( will take you directly there.) No Talking Machine World yet, but I'm sure they'll get there--if the lawyers don't stop them first. Despite an agreement with publishers some law firms are trying to stop this project in its tracks through class action lawsuits, arguing that it violates somebody's rights. Under their reasoning, I guess, the entire internet should have one of those "copyright padlocks" on it. For now, enjoy and use this resource.

Google is not the only one digitizing reference books. …

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