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Folklorists Awarded Prizes by Association for Recorded Sound Collections

Tuesday, February 14, 2012   (0 Comments)
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--- 2011 ARSC AWARDS ---

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the
winners of the 2011 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound
Research. Begun in 1991, the awards are presented to authors and publishers
of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognize outstanding
published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving these awards,
ARSC recognizes outstanding contributions, encourages high standards, and
promotes awareness of superior works. Two awards may be presented annually
in each category -- one for best history and one for best discography.
Certificates of Merit are presented to runners-up of exceptionally high
quality. The 2011 Awards for Excellence honor works published in 2010.
Additionally, a Lifetime Achievement Award and Award for Distinguished
Service to Historical Recordings are also presented annually. The 2011
winners are:

BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED BLUES, RHYTHM & BLUES, or SOUL MUSIC

Best History:
Lightnin' Hopkins: His Life and Blues, by Alan Govenar (A Capella Press)

Certificates of Merit:

Long Lost Blues, by Peter C. Muir (University of Illinois Press)

Raisin' Cain: The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter, by Mary Lou
Sullivan and Johnny Winter (Backbeat Books)

BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED CLASSICAL MUSIC

Best History:
Adolph Busch: The Life of an Honest Musician, by Tully Potter (Toccata
Press)

Best Discography:
Mahler Discography, by Peter Fülöp (Doremi)

Certificate of Merit:
Gregor Piatigorsky: The Life and Career of the Virtuoso Cellist, by Terry
King (McFarland Publishing)

BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED COUNTRY, ETHNIC, or FOLK MUSIC

Best History:
My Name Is Gauhar Jaan! The Life and Times of a Musician, by Vikram Sampath
(Rupa Publications)

Certificate of Merit:
Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers, by Ray Allen (University of
Illinois Press)

BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED ROCK or POPULAR MUSIC

Best History:
Restless Giant: The Life and Times of Jean Aberback & Hill and Range Songs,
by Bar Biszick-Lockwood (University of Illinois Press)

Certificates of Merit:

A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, by Will Friedwald
(Pantheon Books)

I Don't Sound Like Nobody: Remaking Music in 1950s America, by Albin J. Zak
(University of Michigan Press)

BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED JAZZ MUSIC

Best History:
That's Got 'Em! The Life and Music of Wilbur C. Sweatman, by Mark Berresford
(University Press of Mississippi)

Certificates of Merit:

African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston, by Randy Weston (Duke
University Press)

Hot Jazz for Sale: Hollywood's Jazz Man Record Shop, by Cary Ginell
(lulu.com)

BEST RESEARCH in RECORD LABELS

Best History:
House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/Sugar Hill Recording
Studios, by Andy Bradley and Charles Roger Wood (University of Texas Press)

BEST ONGOING RESEARCH in BUSINESS of RECORDED SOUND

Best History:
The Lindström Project: Contributions to the History of the Record
Industry/Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie, Volume 2, by
Pekka Gronow and Christiane Hofer (Gesellshaft für Historische Tonträger)


2011 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: MICHAEL GRAY

ARSC annually presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to an individual, in
recognition of a life's work in recorded sound research and publication.

Michael Gray has worked at the Voice of America in Washington DC since 1976,
where he directs the VOA's Research Library and Digital Audio Archive
projects. He has served as a consultant and resource for countless
historical reissues.

Michael authored numerous articles and reviews, including several published
in the ARSC Journal: "The Birth of Decca Stereo" (1986); "The Hollywood
String Quartet: A Discography" (1982); "A Solomon Discography" (1979); and
"The 'World's Greatest Music' and 'The World's Greatest Opera' Records: A
Discography" (1976).

Books include: Classical Music, 1925-1975 (1977); Bibliography of
Discographies (co-authored with Gerald Gibson, annual cumulations published
in the ARSC Journal); Bibliography of Discographies Vol. 3: Popular Music
(1983); Beecham: A Centenary Discography (1979); Full Frequency Stereophonic
Sound: A Discography and History of Early London/Decca Stereo Classical
Instrumental and Chamber Music Recordings (1956-1963) on Records and Compact
Discs (1990, with Robert Moon); and Otto Klemperer: His Life and Times, by
Peter Heyworth, with discography by Michael (1996).

Michael is one of the earliest members of ARSC and remains one of its most
indefatigable servants and advocates.


2011 AWARD for DISTINGUISHED SERVICE to HISTORICAL RECORDINGS: JUDITH
McCULLOH

ARSC's Award for Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings honors a
person who has made outstanding contributions to the field, outside of
published works or discographic research.

After an instructor at her junior college introduced her to American folk
music, Judith McCulloh completed a PhD in folklore at Indiana University.

Judith spent over 35 years at the University of Illinois Press, where her
most recent positions included Executive Editor, Assistant Director, and
Director of Development.

Judith was largely responsible for developing the influential series Music
in American Life, which now contains well over 100 titles and has garnered
more than a dozen ASCAP awards. Focusing on figures from Jimmie Rodgers to
Duke Ellington to Tito Puente, and genres from classical to klezmer to
country, the books shed light on myriad facets of American music.

She was founding member of the University of Illinois Campus Folksong Club,
and played a central role in working with performers and producing albums of
local and visiting performers. She is also a former president of the
American Folklore Society, and served on the Board of Trustees of the
American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Judith's publications include Stars of Country Music: Uncle Dave Macon to
Johnny Rodriguez (1975) and Folklore, Folklife (1984).


2011 AWARDS COMMITTEE

Winners are chosen by the ARSC Awards Committee: five elected judges
representing specific fields of study, plus the ARSC President, and the Book
Review Editor of the ARSC Journal. The members of the 2011 ARSC Awards
Committee are:

Roberta Freund Schwartz (Committee Co-Chair)
David Lewis (Committee Co-Chair)
Vincent Pelote (ARSC President)
James Farrington (Book Review Editor, ARSC Journal)
Dennis Rooney (Classical Music Judge)
Cary Ginell (Judge-at-Large)
Dan Morgenstern (Jazz Music Judge)
William L. Schurk (Popular Music Judge)
Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large)


The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization
dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres
of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in
bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals --
everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound. Additional information
about ARSC, including lists of past ARSC Award Winners and Finalists, may be
found at:
http://www.arsc-audio.org


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