Oboy oboy! I was wondering about this just last week... had resolved to look
I've owned the WERMs for three decades (cheap, back then)... but now I can
answer others' questions quickly.
Thank you CHARM and Mr. Serraglio!
On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 9:16 PM, Steve Abrams <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> The World's Encyclopaedia of Recorded Music (WERM), an heroic endeavour by
> F. F. Clough and G. J. Cuming published in 1951, "aimed at the inclusion of
> every record of permanent music issued since the advent of electrical
> recording up to April, 1950, throughout the world". Three Supplements
> covered the period up to the end of 1955.
> The whole of the W.E.R.M. has been scanned and put online by CHARM, the
> Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music, and is available for
> free download in PDF format from their site:
> Their PDF of the 1951 WERM is a huge, 357 MB, unsearchable image scan. Mr.
> Joseph Serraglio has converted it to a searchable format, downsampled it to
> reduce file size by 60%, and uploaded it to Rapidshare.
> http://rapidshare.com/files/242040824/WERM_1951_-searchable-optimized.pdf(148 MB)
> This volume, pp. 912 including the first supplement, was posted to a
> private list, but Mr. Serraglio has given me permission to pass the link to
> The scans of the second and third supplements on Charm are similarly
> bloated and also unsearchable. However, Mr. Serraglio has drawn my
> attention to the fact that compact searchable PDF scans of these two
> volumes, 294 and 599 pages respectively, are available from the Internet
> Archive, courtesy of Microsoft:
> http://www.archive.org/details/secondsupplement010477mbp (33 MB)
> http://www.archive.org/details/thirdsupplement1007508mbp (82 MB)
> If you keep all three files in a single folder you can search all of them
> at once.
> Finally, the Gramophone Shop Encyclopaedias of 1936 and 1942 are also
> available in PDF from the Internet Archive:
> (1936 edition - 68 MB)
> (1942 edition - 60 MB)
> Steve Abrams