1) What is, and is not, a Labelography?
2) What is the reason anyone should care?
Personally, I believe the term should at least be defined, just like
Bibliography and Discography are, so it will invoke a common frame of
reference and idea when it is used properly, and make it possible to know
when it is used incorrectly. Some people are confused about it, primarily
because it currently has no known definition. None of the top Google
"dictionary" sites I looked at have ever heard of it.
3) Who first used the term Labelography, and when and where?
4) LP/45/78 label formats "usually" stay the same over multiple
titles. Therefore, as every CD cover, cassette J-Card, and 8-Track
stick-on label, as well as boxes/cases for VHS/DVD videos, is unique for
every title, the term Labelography (if it is applied narrowly to just label
photographs/scans, Definition #1 below) is not appropriate for use with
5) Some "Labelographies" include scans with interspersed text
detailing the use or history of each label design, e.g.
Blue Note Labelography (1951-1978)
6) Some "Labelographies" have minimal identification text with scans
closer together allowing side-by-side comparison of varieties, with
references or links to more detailed label discographies found
elsewhere. A page with many different scans on it would act as a kind of
pictorial index to those discographies. Unless the consensus of this ARSC
list is that this is a very bad idea, and totally wrong, and should not be
allowed, this is what I am doing for Wisconsin labels, and every other
label that a Wisconsin artist recorded on.
7) A Discography showing label scans, is still a Discography.
A first draft of a definition, subject to change and refinement by ARSC
8) A Labelography is: 1. A work (article/book/CD-ROM/Web page) that
primarily focuses on LP/45/78 label photographs/scans. It can be used for
showing labels for just one record company or many.
2. A Discography covering many labels, which may or may not
9) One goal of a Labelography (Definition #1) is to show labels (like
those on the above temporary page) for which there is no visible or
identifiable label company name or logo either on the label itself or in
the LP liner notes. Labels such as these may or may not be included in a
Labelography (Definition #2), because the label company's name is
unknown. Further research, hopefully, will determine whether this is
because it was,
a) Self Produced and/or Self Released by the artist who is/was not
signed with any record company
b) The company name was omitted for some specific reason
c) Some other reason
Any thoughts on any of the above from list members, hopefully, with
the end result of ARSC creating an accepted "official" definition of the
term "Labelography" that can be submitted to the various dictionary sites,
and that can be used to create a Wikipedia definition page? e.g. see,
Interesting, "Labelography" is only used twice in 3.1 million Wikipedia
English article pages.
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Doug Henkle - mailto:[log in to unmask]
P.O. Box 1447, Oshkosh, WI 54903-1447