Academic journal article ARSC Journal

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Academic journal article ARSC Journal

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News of Publications

Scholarly publishing continues to adapt to the Internet Age, but the path has hardly been smooth. A few publishers have done it well, some are still trying to figure it out, and some have, frankly, botched it. One of the best in terms of Internet distribution is The DiscographerMagazine, mentioned in this column two issues ago (45:1). An offshoot of the resource-filled U.K. website, it covers U.S. and U.K. popular and classical recordings, mostly from the 1920s-1940s, including numerous discographies. After some growing pains all ten bimonthly issues published thus far are now available as downloads from the site, in color and with embedded URL links where appropriate. Unfortunately the cover is not part of the pdf. (Print copies are available by special order.) Since it's now downloadable, and thus permanent, it will be listed in this column.

Another laudable example is The Journal of Jazz Studies. Published by the highly regarded Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, this was in the 1970s one of the premiere journals for serious jazz scholarship. Originally issued semi-annually, it converted in 1982 to the Annual Review of Jazz Studies. That eventually petered out, after missing many years (it appears that 14 issues were published over the next 28 years). It was replaced in 2011 by a revived Journal of Jazz Studies, this time a semi-annual "open access" (i.e., free) Internet publication. At present articles have to be downloaded as individual pdfs, and abstracts are in a separate file, but I'm told that they are working on a way to make entire issues downloadable. Once again, the level of scholarship is high. It's available at http://jjs. and will be indexed here.

Some publishers, however, don't seem to understand that scholarship needs to be disseminated in some type of permanent and preservable form, not as a now-you-see-it-now-you-don't website. Since 2011 the Society for American Music has been going back and forth between making its Bulletin available as a downloadable pdf or as a website which could change or disappear at any time (the current issue is not downloadable). Assuming they settle down to pdfs it will be reinstated here.

Some established publications that I list, including Blue Suede News, Classical Recordings Quarterly and Goldmine, have begun making pdf versions available. I prefer them that way--much easier to organize and store, and easily readable with today's technology--but you can still get them in hard copy if you prefer. At least, for now.

Here are a few notes about recent articles. Popular Music & Society devotes its entire February 2015 issue to contemporary fandom and its many manifestations, many of which live on the Internet, with occasional backward glances to fan practices of the past. Duke Ellington's nephew Stephen James does not mince words in his "review essay" about Terry Teachout's recent Ellington biography Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, in The Journal of Jazz Studies (Summer 2014). The title of the essay says it all: "Skin Deep: Race, Bias and Fallacy in Terry Teachout's Ellington Biography."

In the last issue I listed an article in Names & Numbers about the Swedish "Artist" label, titled "The Artist Vinyl Jazz Issues," noting that it listed LPs. Author Bjorn Englund would like it known that the listings are primarily of EPs. He would also like to point readers to his comments on the latter years of the Favorite label, in VJM's Jazz & Blues Mart No. 169, p.15.

Let's Go Surfing

The massive online discography of Victor recordings, originally known as The Encylopedic Discography of Victor Recordings (EDVR), has begun to add listings for other labels, resulting in a name change. It's now The Discography of American Historical Recordings (DAHR). Detailed recording data from the Columbia Master Book Discography by Brian Rust and myself, and from the Berliner discography by Paul Charosh, is now being entered, with listings for Brunswick and Okeh (from Ross Laird's work) to follow. …

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