Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Posthumous Publications

Academic journal article ARSC Journal

Posthumous Publications

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Ever think that Big Project you've been working on, intermittently, for years is never going to see the light of day? Judging from some recent events there may be hope, even if it's posthumous publication. Bill Bryant died nearly 20 years ago, having spent most of his too-short life relentlessly gathering discographical information on hundreds of early labels. He willingly shared the information with authors (including me), but published virtually nothing himself. It was never "ready." When he died suddenly in 1995 the fate of his voluminous files was a concern for many of us. Eventually they found their way to Mainspring Press, whose proprietor Allan Sutton has organized them and begun publishing them under Bill's name. First up is a discography of American Zon-O-Phone, with more to come. (www.mainspringpress.com). Up there somewhere, Bill must be smiling. Or maybe he's gnashing his teeth because there's one more matrix number he couldn't find.

Jazz researcher Bozy White was tragically murdered by a squatter in 2004, his body stuffed behind a wall in the basement of his own house. He was on the verge of publishing his life's work, a comprehensive bio/discography of his hero, trumpeter Bunny Berigan. After many stops and starts, and with the intervention of friends including Perry Huntoon, Ed Polic and Tom Cullen, Bozy's book is finally out--1,422 pages, plus indexes on a CD-ROM, for $145. There is also a new website containing Berigan's papers (http:// uwdc.library.wisc.edu/collections/WI/BunnyBerigan). R.I.P., Bozy. (IAJRC Journal, September and December 2012).

Perhaps the most famous example of posthumous publication is the massive Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings, based on the work of Ted Fagan and William Moran, who many of us knew. …

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