2012 ARSC Awards for Music Excellence

2012 ARSC Awards for Excellence

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the winners of
the 2012 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 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 2012 Awards for
Excellence honor works published in 2011.


BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED BLUES, RHYTHM & BLUES, or SOUL
MUSIC
Best History:
Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues, by Philip R. Ratcliffe (University
Press of Mississippi)

Best Discography:
The Blues Discography 1971-2000: the later years: a selective discography, by Robert
Ford and Bob McGrath (Eyeball Productions)

Certificates of Merit:
I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy, by Bob Riesman (University of
Chicago Press)
The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock and Roll, by Preston Lauterbach (W. W.
Norton)

BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED CLASSICAL MUSIC

Best History:
George Szell: A Life of Music, by Michael Charry (University of Illinois Press)

Best Discography:
Discography of the Concert Hall Society and Concert Hall Society Record Club, by John
Hunt (John Hunt)
Certificates of Merit:
Richard Strauss: A Musical Life, by Raymond Holden (Yale University Press)
Dennis Brain: A Life in Music, by Stephen J. Gamble and William C. Lynch (University
of North Texas Press)

BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED COUNTRY, ETHNIC, OR FOLK MUSIC
Best History:
Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J. D. Crowe, by Marty Godbey (University of
Illinois Press)
Certificate of Merit:
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story, The Life & Times of Country Music’s Greatest Singer, by
Larry Jordan (Page Turner)

BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED ROCK OR POPULAR MUSIC
Best History:
Pop Song Piracy: Disobedient Music Distribution since 1929, by Barry Kernfeld
(University of Chicago Press)
Certificates of Merit:
Tori Amos: in the Studio, by Jake Brown (ECW)
Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson, by Kevin Avery
(Fantagraphic Books)
Had Me a Real Good Time: The Faces Before and After, by Andrew Neill (Omnibus)
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED JAZZ MUSIC
Best History:
Norman Granz: The Man Who Used Jazz for Justice, by Tad Hershorn (University of California
Press)

Certificates of Merit:
Clark: The Autobiography of Clark Terry, by Clark Terry (University of California Press)
What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years, by Ricky
Riccardi (Pantheon Books)
The Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68, by Keith Waters (Oxford
University Press)

BEST RESEARCH in RECORD LABELS

Best History:
The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun, by Robert Greenfield (Simon &
Schuster)
Best Discography:
Beka Records: A Discography, by Frank Andrews and Bill Dean-Myatt (City of London
Phonograph and Gramophone Society)
Certificates of Merit:
The Indestructible/U-S Everlasting Cylinders: An Illustrated History and
Cylinderography, by Kurt Nauck and Allan Sutton (Mainspring Press)
The Starday Story: The House that Country Music Built, by Nathan D. Gibson
(University Press of Mississippi)

BEST GENERAL RESEARCH in RECORDED SOUND
Best History:
Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures, by Jacob Smith (University of
California Press)

2012 ARSC SERVICE AWARDS
Ronald Delthefson wins the ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of
his or her life’s work in published recorded sound research. The 2012 Lifetime
Achievement Award was presented to Ronald Dethlefson. Ron is Professor Emeritus of
Communication at Bakersfield College in California. He has collected early records and
phonographs since 1953 and has written about Edison records and phonographs since
1980. Since 1999 he has collaborated with George Copeland, a scholarly collector of
popular and operatic recordings living in St. Louis. Ron Dethlefson also writes a monthly
column for In the Groove, a publication of the Michigan Antique Phonograph Society.
Since 1980, he has been a consultant and volunteer at The Henry Ford in Dearborn
Michigan.
Dethlefson’s major publications include Edison Blue Amberol Recordings (APM Press,
1980); Edison Blue Amberol Recordings: 1912-1914: American popular series, “live”
recordings and selected recordings 1915-1928 (APM Press, 1980); Edison Blue Amberol
Recordings 1912-1914: Companion edition, with Michael Buchak (Stationery X-Press,
1997); Edison Blue Amberol Recordings Volume 2(1915-1929) (APM Press, 1981);
Pathe Records and Phonographs in America, 1914-1922 (Mulholland Press, 1999), with
George A. Copeland and Peter J. Fraser, as well as Edison, Lambert Concert Records &
Columbia Grand Records and related phonographs (Mulholland Press, 2004), also with
George Copeland, and co-authored with Ray Wile Edison Disc Artists & Records, 1910-
1929 (APM Press, 1985).
Richard Weize recieves the Award for Distinguished Service to Historical
Recordings
The Award for Distinguished Service to Historic Recordings is presented annually to an
individual who has made contributions of outstanding significance to the field of historic
recordings in forms other than published works or discographic research. The 2012
ARSC Distinguished Service Award was presented to Richard Weize. founder and CEO
of Bear Family Records, probably the most important reissue label in the world for roots oriented music. Richard began collecting records in 1956, with the purchase of Bill
Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock.” In the fifties he was fascinated by rock ‘n’ roll, but
from 1960 on his interest shifted to country music. In the early 1970s, he started the Folk
Variety label and started booking folk acts into German clubs.
Bear Family Records was launched in 1975. This first venture into leasing vintage
masters and repackaging came in 1978 when he licensed “The Unissued Johnny Cash.”
As a parallel venture, Bear Family mail order was started. Richard never looked to make
money from Bear Family Records. As a result of this non-commercial orientation, Bear
Family was in a position to postpone a release until Richard was completely satisfied
with the quality. The emphasis for Richard has always been on quality. Bear Family
licenses the masters from the copyright holders and doesn’t take advantage of the current
copyright laws that enable old masters to be issued without payment after a certain
number of years. Bear Family takes special pride in its boxed sets. Some are complete
career retrospectives, while others are complete within certain time periods.
Richard calls his work a passion, an obsession. He works sixteen hours a day, seven days
a week. Love of music is his primary motivation. He wants to make sure that the old
music is not forgotten.

2012 AWARDS COMMITTEE
Winners are chosen by the ARSC Awards Committee: five elected judges representing
specific fields of study, the ARSC President, and the Book Review Editor of the ARSC
Journal. The members of the 2012 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)
Mike Biel (Judge-At-Large)
Dan Morgenstern (Jazz Music Judge)
William L. Schurk (Popular Music Judge)
Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large)

Additional information about ARSC, including lists of past ARSC Award Winners, may
be found at http://www.arsc-audio.org.

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