I thought that Nashville-area ARSC members might be interested in
attending this event. A Shot in the Dark is the recipient of a 2007 ARSC
Award for Best Research in General History of Recorded Sound.
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Subject: Curb Center Event Celebrates Nashville's Early Record Labels
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Award-Winning Music Historian to Talk about the Records and Businessmen
"Music City USA"
Public Is Invited to Discussion with Visiting Author Martin Hawkins
(Nashville, TN) On Tuesday, May 15 at 4:00 pm, the Curb Center
edu/curbcenter> for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy at Vanderbilt
will host a discussion with British author Martin Hawkins. Hawkins will
examine Nashville's early development as a recording center for country,
pop, R&B and gospel, and the artists and businessmen who turned us into
"Music City USA." The public is invited to this free event, with a
reception immediately following. The author will be available to sign
copies of his new book, A Shot in the Dark: Making Records in Nashville,
1945-1955, published in November 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press and
Country Music Foundation Press.
A Shot in the Dark was recently honored with the Tennessee History Book
Award (which recognizes "excellence in the writing of Tennessee
history") by the Tennessee Library Association at its annual meeting in
Hawkins, who has been called one of "the finest researchers in the whole
realm of American vernacular music" (No Depression) is the co-author of
Good Rockin' Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll (with
Colin Escott). During his visit to Nashville, he will also present a
multimedia program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford
Theatre on Saturday, May 12, at 2:00 p.m.
At his Curb Center presentation, Hawkins will explore an era--before
country music was synonymous with Nashville--when a small group of
intrepid entrepreneurs were recording and selling all the local music
they could find. From dance bands to gospel, from rhythm & blues to,
yes, country music, these men inadvertently documented a wealth of local
music as they struggled to run successful recording studios.
In 1945, Nashville had no Music Row, no recording companies, no record
deals. Then, led by men such as Jim Bulleit, Owen Bradley, and Bill
Beasley, an explosion of labels brought the business of music to the
city of music.
The Curb Center is located at 125 Buttrick Hall on the Vanderbilt
For more information, please contact Sue Havlish, Vanderbilt University
Press, 343-2446, [log in to unmask]
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A Shot in the Dark
niversitypress.com/bookdetail.asp?book_id=4044> also features a 20-song
CD with music from that vibrant era. For more information on the book,
Hawkins jacket image
A Shot in the Dark
Winner of the Tennessee History Book Award
Vanderbilt University Press
VU Station B 351813, Nashville, TN 37235
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