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Subject: [ARSCNY] November 18 Meeting Announcement
From: "Dennis Rooney" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, November 09, 2010 4:16 pm
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ARSC New York Chapter November 2010 Meeting
NY ARSC Meeting from 7PM to 9PM ~ doors (and refreshments) at 6:30 ~
Dr. Michael Biel, Morehead State University (emeritus), Morehead,
ILLUSTRATED RECORD ALBUM COVERS BEFORE STEINWEISS
(Revised and Extended!)
Long a subject of interest among collectors, the history of record
album covers has engendered many books about them since the 1970s, most
of which focus on the LP era but occasionally attempt to include album
covers on earlier formats. Their facts have often been wrong, and such
errors have been escalating in this decade due to the mistaken claim
that Alex Steinweiss was "THE Inventor of the Record Album Cover." A
talented and inventive illustrator, Steinweiss was responsible for some
of the most memorable illustrated record album covers. But in recent
years several books, many articles and internet blogs have asserted that
he invented the very concept of illustrated covers and thereby changed
how records were displayed in stores, claiming that before Steinweiss
records were packaged in plain brown kraft sleeves and plain albums.
Record collectors and archivists know that is untrue, but the writers
who are elevating Steinweiss to mythical proportions are either
non-collectors or else are limited to CDs and LPs. As it has been
impossible to convince them otherwise, I now set out to demonstrate with
actual photographic proof that there were perhaps hundreds of
distinctive illustrated album covers issued by many companies long
before Steinweiss's first cover, Columbia C-11, "Musical Comedy Hits" by
Rodgers & Hart, issued in 1940. Steinweiss and Columbia were actually
reacting to the activities of other companies, especially Decca, rather
than the impossible recent claims that they were reacting to him. This
presentation will be more complete and leisurely than was possible at
the national ARSC conference last May and will be illustrated with
several hundred photos.
at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center
West 140th Street & Convent Avenue, New York
or enter at 138th Street off Convent Avenue
Shepard Hall (the Gothic building) Recital Hall (Room 95, Basement
An elevator is located in the center of the building
voluntary contributions to help defray our expenses are welcome!
DIRECTIONS TO THE SONIC ARTS CENTER
Subway: Take the 1 train to 137th Street City College and walk north to
140th St. & Broadway,
then go east to 140th St. & Convent Avenue. Take the A, B, C, or D
trains to 145th St, go south on St. Nicholas to 141st St, (one long
block), then west one block to Convent Avenue.
and south one more block to 140th & Convent Avenue.
Bus: M4 and M5 on Broadway; M 100, 101 on Amsterdam Ave (one block West
of Convent Avenue.)
OUR NEXT PROGRAM WILL BE ON JANUARY 20, 2011 Speaker: Andy Lanset on
"The New York Public Radio Archives: It's a Whole More Than La Guardia
Reading the Funnies". Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charlton
Street (corner of Charlton and Varick) New York, New York 10014
HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!
The Sonic Arts Center at CCNY offers 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts
degrees in Music with a concentration in Music and Audio Technology.
Their program provides an in-depth curriculum emphasizing real-world
skills with a project-based approach. Students enjoy a well-rounded
program, with emphasis on audio technology, music theory, orchestration,
and history to help them compete in a field that today demands an
ever-growing and highly diverse skill set.
All ARSC NY Chapter meetings are free and open to the public.
To join ARSC, visit http://www.arsc-audio.org