ARSC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2004 ARSC Awards for
Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. The awards recognize
outstanding published research--books, articles, liner notes and
monographs--in the field of recorded sound. The 2004 Awards for Excellence
honor works published in 2003.
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED POPULAR MUSIC
Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1890-1930, by Don Rayno (Scarecrow
Sondheim on Music: Minor Details and Major Decisions, by Mark Eden Horowitz
and Stephen Sondheim (Scarecrow Press).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED CLASSICAL MUSIC
Performing Brahms: Early Evidence of Performing Style, by Michael Musgrave
(ed.) and Bernard D. Sherman (ed.) (Cambridge University Press).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED ROCK, RHYTHM & BLUES or SOUL
two winners (tie)
The Holy Profane: Religion in Black Popular Music, by Teresa L. Reed
(University Press of Kentucky).
Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology and African-American Culture
Between the World Wars, by Joel Dinerstein (University of Massachusetts
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED JAZZ MUSIC
Good Vibes: A Life in Jazz, by Terry Gibbs and Cary Ginell (Rowman &
Jean "Django" Reinhardt: A Contextual Bio-Discography, 1910-1953, by Paul
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED BLUES and GOSPEL MUSIC
Great God A'Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul
Gospel Music, by Jerome Zolten (Oxford University Press).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORD LABELS or MANUFACTURERS
Folkways Records: Moses Asch and his Encyclopedia of Sound, by Anthony
ARSC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This award is presented to an individual, in recognition of a life's work in
research and publication. The winner of the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award
is Tim Brooks.
Mr. Brooks currently serves as the Vice President of Research at USA
Network, in New York City. He is the author of the recently published Lost
Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919 and
co-author of the Columbia Master Book Discography, Volumes I-IV. Mr. Brooks
has written many articles for the ARSC Journal, the New Amberola Graphic and
ARSC AWARD for DISTINGUISHED SERVICE to HISTORICAL RECORDINGS
This award honors a person who has made outstanding contributions to the
field, outside of published works or discographic research. The winner of
the 2004 Distinguished Service Award is Jack Towers.
Mr. Towers recorded the now-famous Duke [Ellington] at Fargo 1940 concert,
which was released in 2000, in a special 60th anniversary CD edition.
In 1941, Mr. Towers handled radio broadcasting at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. He retired from federal service in 1974. Since then, he has
used his skill in disc and tape recording, to restore historical recordings
for many record producers including the Smithsonian Institution, Columbia
Records, the Book of the Month, Musicraft and Delmark.
Nominations are open for the 2005 ARSC Awards. Works first published in 2004
are eligible to be nominated for the Awards for Excellence in Historical
Recorded Sound Research. Nominations are also being accepted for the
Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Service to Historic
Recordings Award. To make a nomination or for more information, contact
Michael H. Gray, ARSC Awards Co-chair, at [log in to unmask] . The
deadline for nominations is January 31, 2005.
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