ARSC Journal

Covers the history of sound recording and includes original articles on many aspects of research and preservation: biography; cataloging; copyright law; current research; discography and technical aspects of sound restoration.

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 1, Spring

Americans on Italo Montemezzi: Henry E. Krehbiel, Philip Hal, William J. Henderson, Lawrence Gilman, Deems Taylor, Olin Downes, Herbert F. Peyser, Harold C. Schonberg
Americans on Italo Montemezzi: Henry E. Krehbiel, Philip Hal, William J. Henderson, Lawrence Gilman, Deems Taylor, Olin Downes, Herbert F. Peyser, Harold C. Schonberg. Ed. by David Chandler. Norwich [UK]: Durrant Publishing, 2014. ISBN 978-1-905946-8...
Anthony Newman, Organ: Complete Collected Organ Works of JS Bach
Anthony Newman, Organ: Complete Collected Organ Works of JS Bach. 903 Records 12128 (9 CDs). Anthony Newman, Harpsichord: Complete Collected Harpsichord Works of JS Bach. 903 Records 8550 (10 CDs). It appears that at least some of these discs...
A Scientist's Tribute to Maria Callas
An interesting chain of events unfolded within a few days of reading a draft of John Haley's review of Maria Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings (19491969). These events, to me at least, demonstrated Carl Jung's theory of synchronicity--meaningful...
Bessie Jones with the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Get in Union: Recordings by Alan Lomax 1959-1966
Bessie Jones with the Georgia Sea Island Singers. Get in Union: Recordings By Alan Lomax 1959-1966. Tompkins Square TSQ 5074 (2 CDs). Smoke Dawson. Fiddle. Tompkins Square TSQ 5036 (1 CD). Since 1942, when Lydia Parrish published Slave Songs...
Book
Book. By The Jesus Lizard. New York: Akashic Books, 2013. 176pp (hardcover). Liberally illustrated, performance chronology, photo index. ISBN: 978-1-61775-080-9 The title is as given; it may be hard to prevent people from calling this "The Jesus...
Books Recently Received
Aidi, Hisham D. Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. NY: Vintage Books, 2014. Arditi, David. iTake-Over: The Recording Industry in the Digital Era. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. Barrell, Tony. Born to Drum:...
Bud Powell: Live at the Blue Note Cafe Paris 1961
Bud Powell: Live at the Blue Note Cafe Paris 1961. ESP 4036 (1 CD). Jazz pianist Earl "Bud" Powell (1924-1966) made his last studio recordings with free jazz drummer Rashied Ali for ESP-Disk in 1965-1966, but these were never released and probably...
Commerce, Competition and Culture: The Classical Music Recording Industry, 1923-1932
The Recording Industry and the Commercial Environment of the Late 1920s Following the economic dislocation created by World War I and the subsequent financial turmoil that erupted once peace had been established in 1918, British industrial production...
Copyright & Fair Use
Attack of the Turtles There has been a legal earthquake in the music copyright field, comparable to the notorious 2005 Naxos decision which enshrined the use of restrictive state laws to suppress the availability of historical recordings. This latest...
Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues
Creating Jazz Counterpoint: New Orleans, Barbershop Harmony, and the Blues. By Vic Hobson. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi: 2014. 168pp (hardcover). Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978-1-61703-991-1 Jazz in its early years is sadly undocumented,...
Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation
Cuban Flute Style: Interpretation and Improvisation. By Sue Miller. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2014. 323pp. ISBN 9780810884410 For all the popularity and ubiquity of Latin Music in general and Cuban Music in particular, Charanga (a term given to traditional...
Current Bibliography
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...
Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt
Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt. By Marcus O'Dair. London: Serpent's Tail, 2014. 460pp including discography, notes on websites and performances online; extensive footnotes, photos and index. ISBN 978-184668-759-4 ...
Elvis Presley: That's the Way It Is, Deluxe Edition
Elvis Presley: That's The Way It Is, Deluxe Edition. RCA/Legacy 88843051762 (8 CDs/2 DVDs). For the Elvis completist, here is a one-stop destination for every sound recording and most filmed components of "The King's" August 1970 run at Las Vegas'...
Ernst Levy, Forgotten Genius, Vol. 4: A Selection of Unpublished Concert and Studio Recordings
Ernst Levy, Forgotten Genius, Vol. 4: A Selection of Unpublished Concert and Studio Recordings. Marston 57072-2 (2 CD). Gary Galo reviewed the previous installments of this series begun in 1998 by Marston. (1) This volume gathers both concert and...
Five Days Married & Other Laments: Song and Dance from Northern Greece, 1928-1958
Five Days Married & Other Laments: Song and Dance from Northern Greece, 1928-1958. Various Artists. Angry Mom Records AMA03 (1 CD or LP). Alexis Zoumbas. A Lament for Epirus, 1926-1928. Angry Mom Records AMA04 (1 CD or LP). Released on compact...
Hamilton Harty: Musical Polymath
Hamilton Harty: Musical Polymath. By Jeremy Dibble. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press, 2013. 365pp (hardcover). Photographs, Musical Examples, List of Works, List of Recordings, Bibliography, Index of Works, General Index. ISBN 978-1-84383-858-6. $80 ...
Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music
Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music. Ed. by Diane Pecknold. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. 383 pp, includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 987-0-8223-5149-8 Over the past several years, the making...
Jerome Kern's Centennial Summer
Jerome Kern's Centennial Summer. Kritzerland KR 20028-3 (1 CD). Jerome Kern (1885-1945) needs no introduction. Composer of more than seven hundred songs, among them "They Didn't Believe Me," "Look for the Silver Lining," "Who?" "Ol' Man River,"...
Judy Garland: Swan Songs, First Flights: Her First and Last Recordings
Judy Garland: Swan Songs, First Flights: Her First and Last Recordings. HALLOW DHR-00101-3 (3 CDs). More than forty-five years after her untimely death, Judy Garland remains a major cultural presence. Only a few performers of her generation have...
Judy Garland: The Garland Variations: Songs She Recorded More Than Once
Judy Garland: The Garland Variations: Songs She Recorded More Than Once. JSP Records JSP975 (5 CDs). A set consisting of five compact discs of songs performed by a single artist might seem like a bonanza to the singer's loyal fan base. It also could...
Maria Callas Remastered: The Complete Studio Recordings (1949-1969)
Maria Callas Remastered: the Complete Studio Recordings (1949-1969). Warner Classics (69 CDs, 1 CD-Rom for libretti, and 132 page hardbound book). (1) This is, finally, the long awaited and hoped for remastering of the commercial recordings of the...
New York Recording Laboratories Matrix Series Volume Three: The Rodeheaver, Marsh and 2000 Series
New York Recording Laboratories Matrix Series Volume Three: The Rodeheaver, Marsh and 2000 Series. By Guido van Rijn and Alex van der Tuuk. Overveen, The Netherlands: Agram Blues Books, 2013. 257pp. Illustrated; artist and song indices. ISBN/EAN: 978-90-814715-5-8....
On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom
On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom. By Dennis McNally. Berkeley, CA. Counterpoint Press: 2014. Index: Notes: 16pages of black and white photographs. 2014 ISBN 978-1-61902-449-6 (hardback) www.counterpointpress. com 471pp....
Opera in the Media Age: Essays on Art, Technology and Popular Culture
Opera in the Media Age: Essays on Art, Technology and Popular Culture. Ed. by Paul Fryer. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. 978-0-7864-7329-8 264pp. $45 Original and thought-provoking, Paul Fryer's Opera in the Media Age collects eleven essays that...
Otis Redding: The King of Soul
Otis Redding: The King Of Soul. Rhino/Atlantic R2 541306 (4 CDs). Otis Redding lived just over 26 years (9 September 1941 to 10 December 1967) and recorded for Stax Records only 5 years. In those 5 years, he achieved worldwide fame as the ultimate...
"Papa" Charlie Jackson, and Cary Moskovitz et Al. Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song: Celebrating the Music of "Papa" Charlie Jackson
"Papa" Charlie Jackson, and Cary Moskovitz et al. Papa Charlie Done Sung That Song: Celebrating The Music Of "Papa" Charlie Jackson. Document DOCD 7010 (2 CDs). Various Artists. Charlotte Blues. Nehi Records 06 (1 CD). Papa Charlie Jackson (1887-1938)...
People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz Is Now!
People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now! Edited by Ajay Heble and Rob Wallace. Durham: Duke University Press, 2013. 312pp (paperback). Photographs, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 9780822354253 Guelph, Ontario has become a nexus of improvisational...
Pioneers of the Blues Revival
Pioneers of the Blues Revival. By Steve Cushing. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2014. 377pp (hardcover). ISBN 978-0-252-03833-4. $75 Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78 RPM Records. By Amanda Petrusich....
Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music
Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music. By Barry Mazor. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2015. 315pp. ISBN: 978-1-61374-021-7. $28.95 I once ordered--for mere pennies--a book that claimed to be an encyclopedia of record producers from an...
Roland Hayes: The Legacy of an American Tenor
Roland Hayes: The Legacy of an American Tenor. By Christopher A. Brooks and Robert Sims. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015. 401pp. $40 The life story of lyric tenor Roland Hayes (1887-1977) is one of the most dramatic, and inspiring, in...
Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos
Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos. By Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, with foreword by Patricia Leavy. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013. 169pp (hardcover). Appendix, Notes, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978-0-8108-8550-9. $35...
Softly with Feeling: Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music
Softly With Feeling: Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music. By Edward Berger. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2014. 378pp, numerous b & w photographs, discography/solography, index, ISBN 978-1-4399-1127-3, $25.37. ...
Sound Recordings in the Art Gallery
The emergence of art exhibitions working with sound components challenges curators' and visitors' practices, since sound is comprised of invisible waves, temporary disturbances in atmospheric pressure that must be heard instead of viewed. (1) This...
The Beatles in Mono (LP Edition)
The Beatles In Mono (LP Edition). Apple/UMG LDB0914 (14 LPs/108-page hardcover booklet). Within the thriving niche market for reissued vinyl LPs is a sub-market for all-analog reissues. These LPs are marketed to audiophiles and others who believe...
The Beatles through Headphones: The Quirks, Peccadilloes, Nuances and Sonic Delights of the Greatest Popular Music Ever Recorded
The Beatles Through Headphones: The Quirks, Peccadilloes, Nuances and Sonic Delights of the Greatest Popular Music Ever Recorded. By Ted Montgomery. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. 185pp. ISBN: 978-0-7864-7863-7. $29.95 Ted Montgomery's premise...
The Black Forum Label: Motown Joins the Revolution
On several trips to Detroit, Michigan, over the years I visited and toured Hitsville U.S.A., currently the site of the Motown Historical Museum, formerly the site of Motown Record Corporation's headquarters. On each visit, walking through the studio...
The Cinematic Voyage of the Pirate: Kelly, Garland, and Minnelli at Work
The Cinematic Voyage of The Pirate: Kelly, Garland, and Minnelli at Work. By Earl J. Hess and Pratibha A. Dabholkar. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2014. 280pp (hardcover). ISBN 978-0826220226. $60 Jack you'll never lack if you can...
The Evolution of Mann: Herbie Mann & the Flute in Jazz
The Evolution of Mann: Herbie Mann & The Flute in Jazz. By Cary Ginell. Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard, 2014. 199pp., 16pp. of pictures. ISBN 9781458419811 In the introduction to The Evolution of Mann, Cary Ginell's impressive biography of jazz...
The Roberto Gerhard Companion
The Roberto Gerhard Companion. Edited by Monty Adkins and Michael Russ. Burlington, VT Ashgate, 2013. 374pp (hardcover). Musical illustrations, Index. ISBN: 978-14094-4515-9. $144.95 (available also as ebk-PDF and ebk-PUB) 'A composer,' Gerhard...
The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir
The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother's Memoir. By Bill Medley with Mike Marino. Philadelphia PA: Da Capo Press, 2014. 228 pp (paperback). Foreword by Billy Joel, Photos, Index. ISBN 978-0-306-82316-9 What's it like being half of the gilt-edged...
The Unknown Nadia Boulanger-Recordings from the Crane School of Music Archives at SUNY Potsdam
This article is based on the author's presentation at the 2014 Conference of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in Kansas City, MO. The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam enjoyed a long association with Nadia Boulanger--composer,...
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