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
> > notwithstanding.
> > 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
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:
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> > Sent: Thursday, October 27, 2016 9:53 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Phonograph Monthly Review
> > 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!
> > >
> > > http://arsc-audio.org/blog/2016/10/27/phonograph_monthly_review/
> > >
> > > https://archive.org/search.php?query=subject3A%
> > > 22Phonograph+Monthly+Review%22&sort=date
> > >
> > > Mason Vander Lugt
> > > Recorded Sound Processing Technician
> > > National Recording Preservation Board Assistant National AV
> > > Conservation Center Library of Congress
> > > (202) 707-0358
> > >
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