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2003 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research

Philadelphia, PA, June 15, 2003 -- The Association for Recorded Sound
Collections is pleased to announce the winners of the 2003 ARSC Awards for
Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. The awards were presented
on May 31, 2003, during ARSC's annual conference in Philadelphia.

Begun in 1991, the awards are given to authors and publishers of books,
articles, or recording liner notes to recognize those publishing the very
best work today in recorded sound research. In making these awards, ARSC
recognizes the contributions of these individuals, encourages others to
emulate their standards, and seeks to promote readership of their work.At
the judges' discretion, two awards may be presented annually in each
categoryone for best history, and one for best discography. In addition,
Certificates of Merit are presented to runners-up that are felt to be of
exceptionally high quality. The 2003 ARSC Awards honor books published
during 2002.

The winners of the 2003 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded
Sound Research are:

Best Research in Recorded Popular Music

"Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music," by Mark Allan Powell
(Hendrickson Publishers)

Best Research in Recorded Classical Music

Best History. Emanuel Feuermann," by Annette Morreau (Yale University Press)

Best Discography. "George Crumb: a Bio-Bibliography," by David Cohen
(Greenwood Press)

Best Research in Recorded Rock, Rhythm & Blues or Soul
  two winners (tie)

"Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry," by Bruce
Pegg (Routledge)

"Every Sound There Is: The Beatles' Revolver and the Transformation of Rock
and Roll," ed. by Russell Reising (Ashgate)

Best Research in Recorded Jazz Music

Best History. "Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn," by
Walter van de Leur (Oxford University Press)

Best Discography. "Rat Race Blues: the Musical Life of Gigi Gryce," by Noal
Cohen and Michael Fitzgerald (Berkeley Hills Books)

Certificate of Merit. "Charlie Barnet: An Illustrated Biography and
Discography of the Swing Era Big Band Leader," by Dan Mather (McFarland)

Certificate of Merit. "A Love Supreme: the Story of John Coltrane's
Signature Album," by Ashley Kahn (Viking)

Best Research in Recorded Blues and Gospel Music

Blues with a Feeling: "The Little Walter Story, by Tony Glover," Scott
Dirks, and Ward Gaines (Routledge)

Certificate of Merit. "Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy
Waters," by Robert Gordon (Little, Brown and Company)

Certificate of Merit. "The Pilgrim Jubilees," by Alan Young (University
Press of Mississippi)

Best Research in Recorded Country Music

Best Discography. "Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of
Commercially Recorded Traditional Music," by Guthrie T. Meade, Richard K.
Spottswood, and Douglas S. Meade (Southern Folklife Collection, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries in Association with the John
Edwards Memorial Forum)

Best History. "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?: The Carter Family and Their
Legacy in American Music," by Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirshberg (Simon
& Schuster)

Best Research in Recorded Folk and Ethnic Music

"Reggae & Caribbean Music," by Dave Thompson (Backbeat Books)

Certificate of Merit. "Sam Manning: the Complete Output, 1924-1930," vols.
1 & 2, by John Cowley and Steve Shapiro (notes to Jazz Oracle CD set)

Best Research in General Discography and History of Recorded Sound

"Music Inspired By Art: A Guide to Recordings," by Gary Evans (Scarecrow
Press and the Music Library Association)

Best Research in Record Labels or Manufacturers

"Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power," by Gerald Posner (Random House)

Lifetime Achievement Award given to Richard K. Spottswood

The Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing excellence in discographical
research, was awarded to Dick Spottswood. Spottswood describes himself as
"an unreconstructed, unreformed collector who loves to learn about music,
and then write about it, if I think I can get away with it." He holds
degrees from the University of Maryland (BA, 1960) and Catholic University
(MS, Library Science, 1962), and is a founding member of ARSC. Dick has
been writing about music and producing archival sets of foreign-language,
country, folk, and blues recordings since 1963. He is the author of Ethnic
Music on Records (7 vols., 1990), and co-author of Charlie Patton:
Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues (notes to Revenant CD set, 2001) and
Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded
Traditional Music (2003), all of which received ARSC Awards for Excellence.
Dick was also the founder of the journal Bluegrass Unlimited and since 1985
has been the producer/host of the Dick Spottswood Show on WAMU radio. He
continues to work on various CD and writing projects, including a
forthcoming ten-CD set on the Bear Family label, Extraordinary Calypso: The
Decca Trinidad Sessions, 1938-1940.

Distinguished Service to Historic Recordings Award given to David Hall

The new Distinguished Service to Historic Recordings Award, recognizing
contributions of outstanding significance to the field of historic
recordings in forms other than publication or research, was presented to
David Hall. David has been active in the area of sound recordings since
1940, in virtually every capacity the field offers aside from musical
performance. Author of The Record Book (1st ed., 1940, with several
successor publications), his subsequent career included positions as
classical music program annotator for NBC, director of classical recordings
for Mercury Records (1948-56, including producer of the "Olympian Series"),
director of the music center of the Scandinavian-American Foundation, music
editor of (and frequent contributor to) Stereo Review magazine, and
president of Composers Recordings Inc. His services to historic recordings
became most prominent beginning in 1967, when he became the first head of
the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound at the New York
Public Library; there, he directed the long-term project leading to the
1985 publication of the complete edition of The Mapleson Cylinders. A
founding member of ARSC, he was the first editor of its Journal, later
President of the Association, and also a member of the Associated Audio
Archives Committee. After his retirement from NYPL in 1983, he continued to
serve as consultant to the R&H Archives, and also acted as chairman of
NARAS committees concerned with the classical Grammy Awards.

ARSC Awards Committee

The 2003 ARSC Awards Committee consists of the following individuals,
including five elected judges representing specific fields of study:

Virginia Danielson (Harvard University; an authority on ethnic and world music)
David Hamilton (The Juilliard School; an authority on classical music research)
Dan Morgenstern (Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University; an
authority on jazz.)
William L. Schurk (Bowling Green State University; an authority on popular
music)
Richard Spottswood (record producer, author, broadcaster; an authority on
folk music)
James Farrington (President of ARSC)
Barry Ashpole (Editor of the ARSC Journal)
Vince Pelote (Institute of Jazz Studies, Awards Committee Co-Chair)
Brenda Nelson-Strauss (Indiana University, Awards Committee Co-Chair)

  About ARSC

Founded in 1966, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections
(http://www.arsc-audio.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to
research, study, publication, and information exchange surrounding all
aspects of recordings and recorded sound. With members in twenty-three
countries, the organization is comprehensive in scope and reflects the
interests and concerns of its members, including historians, collectors,
dealers, archivists, discographers, and recording engineers. Through its
publications and meetings, ARSC provides a forum for the development and
dissemination of information in all fields and periods of recording and in
all sound media. In addition, ARSC works to encourage the preservation of
historical recordings, to promote the exchange of research and information
about them, and to foster an increased awareness of the importance of
recorded sound as part of any cultural heritage.

ARSC Awards 2004

Nominations are currently open for the 2004 ARSC Awards for Excellence in
Historical Recorded Sound Research. Eligible publications include any
printed workbook, monograph, article, liner notesfirst published during
2003. The work may be on any subject related to recorded sound including
histories, discographies, technology (such as modern techniques for the
preservation or reproduction of older recordings), and recording artist
biographies in any field of music or genre (classical, popular, rock, jazz,
country, folk, spoken word, labels, phonographs, etc.). The work should
deal primarily with historical periods, defined as at least ten years prior
to publication (e.g., pre-1993), with the exception of works related to
preservation and technology. In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Award will
be presented to an individual in recognition of his or her life's work in
published recorded sound research, as well as a Distinguished Service to
Historic Recordings Award, recognizing contributions of outstanding
significance to the field of historic recordings in forms other than
publication or research. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2004.
The committee especially welcomes information concerning eligible foreign
and small press publications that might otherwise be overlooked. Publishers
should submit one copy of each eligible publication; others may forward the
author, title, publisher, and publisher's address for each nominated work to:

Vincent Pelote, ARSC Awards Co-chair
Institute of Jazz Studies
Rutgers University
Dana Library 4th Floor
185 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-5595
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