The link to archive.org seemed to get URL encoded, and therefore did not
work for me.
On 10/29/16 4:39 PM, Dennis Rooney wrote:
> I corroborate Steve Smolian's assertion about Rob Darrell's claim to have
> written most of the PMR "including most of the correspondence columns"
> which he wrote in a letter to me in 1959. That was one year after I
> discovered the magazine at the Philadelphia Free Library. I'm delighted to
> learn it is now available electronically, but I can only say it was more
> fun to turn the pages oneself.
> On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 4:15 PM, John Haley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Interesting background, Steve. Thanks for that. I recall reading columns
>> by R.D. Darrell in either High Fidelity or Hi-Fi Stereo Review when I was
>> growing up. Those magazines were competitive and actually ran good,
>> serious record reviews, or at least I thought so then. I think I learned a
>> lot reading them.
>> John Haley
>> On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 2:53 PM, Steven Smolian <[log in to unmask]>
>>> I was told by R.D. Darrell that he wrote almost all of every issue under
>>> various names since Axel Johnson was a wealthy alcoholic and had also
>>> hurt in an auto accident.
>>> Darrell gave a presentation at an ARSC conference many years ago. I
>>> know if there is a tape of it.
>>> Darrell was one of the fathers of discography. As an employee of "The
>>> Gramophone Shop" in New York, he nor only put together the Gramophone
>>> catalogs of 1930 and 1931 (I think those are the right years) but also
>>> 1936 Gramophone Shop Encyclopedia, the work I consider the most
>>> foundational publication in the history of discography, Delaunay
>>> The" Phonograph Monthly Review" was the first American record review
>>> magazine. It morphed into "The Music Lover's Guide" and "The American
>>> Music Lover." In In turn, it became "The American Record Guide" which
>>> continues to this day. I think I've got this right- access to my fil of
>>> these is presently blocked. These are primarily classical but
>>> covered most other musics as well.
>>> Steve Smolian
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>>> An excellent backgrounder on PMR, thank you. I began reading it a decade
>>> ago at the Boston Public Library, which has an impressive historical
>>> collection of such magazines (PMR, Etude, Diapason etc.). Besides having
>>> covered the topics described, the staff also from time to time undertook
>>> evaluate reproduction gear. A couple years ago I wrote a column on that
>>> topic, with an emphasis on how like today's high-end audio writers the
>>> people sound. In other words, measurements were not performed (were
>>> well-nigh impossible) so they relied on the ear alone. Here it is:
>>> http://www.positive-feedback.com/Issue78/cj_gramophone.htm As it happens
>>> the magazine was published in my neighborhood so I included photography
>>> the houses.
>>> On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 8:37 AM, Mason Vander Lugt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> The National Recording Preservation Board has posted Phonograph
>>>> Monthly Review to Archive.org. Phonograph Monthly Review was a
>>>> magazine about records of classical music, published 1927-1932, and
>>>> was important in the formation of record collecting culture. I've
>>>> written a post about the magazine for the ARSC blog, which you can see
>>>> by clicking the link below, or go directly to the magazines using the
>>>> link below that. Enjoy!
>>>> Mason Vander Lugt
>>>> Recorded Sound Processing Technician
>>>> National Recording Preservation Board Assistant National AV
>>>> Conservation Center Library of Congress
>>>> (202) 707-0358