Finalists for the 2010 ARSC Awards for Excellence

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.  Winners will be announced in August 2010 and awards will be presented at a ceremony in May 2011 during ARSC’s annual conference.  Additional information about the annual conference and the ARSC Awards for Excellence can be found at
Begun in 1991, the ARSC Awards are given to authors of books, articles or recording liner notes to recognize those publishing the very best work today in recorded sound research. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work. Two awards are presented annually in each category, for best history (H) and best discography (D), and several others are acknowledged with Certificates of Merit.   Awards are presented to both the authors and publishers of winning publications. 
Winners are chosen by an ARSC Awards Committee consisting of five elected judges representing specific fields of study in addition to the editor of the ARSC Journal and the President of ARSC. The 2010 ARSC Awards Committee consists of the following: Roberta Freund Schwartz (Awards Committee Chair); David Seubert (ARSC President); Brenda Nelson-Strauss (ex officio); Sam Brylawski (Immediate Past-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); and Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large).

The following works, published in 2009, have been nominated:
Best Research in Recorded Rock and Pop Music
Peter Blecha, Sonic Boom: the history of Northwest Rock, from “Louie, Louie” to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Backbeat)
John Broven, Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of Independent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers (University of Illinois Press)
Ryan Edwardson, Canuck Rock: A History of Canadian Popular Music (University of Toronto Press)
Christoph Geisselhart, The Who: Maximum Rock: The Craziest Rock Band on Earth, vols. 2 (1971-1978) and 3 (1978-present) (Hannibal-Verlag)
Clinton Heylin, Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Chicago Review Press)
Malcolm Macfarlane and Ken Crossland, Perry Como: A Bibliography and Complete Career Record (McFarland)
Louis P. Masur, Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision (Bloomsbury)
Morton Reff, Chuck Berry International Directory (Music Mentor) (D)
Anthony Reynolds, The Impossible Dream: The Story of Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers (Jawbone)
Mark Ribowski, The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal (DaCapo)
Alyn Shipton, I Feel a Song Coming On: The Life of Jimmy McHugh (University of Illinois Press)
Steve Waksman, This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (University of California Press)
Ken Wlaschin, The Silent Cinema in Song, 1896-1929: An Illustrated History and Catalog of Songs Inspired by the Movies and Stars, with a List of Recordings (McFarland)

Best Historical Research in Blues/Gospel/Hip-hop/R&B
Steven Calt, Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary (University of Illinois Press)
William Ferris, Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (University of North Carolina Press)
Michael Gray, Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell (Chicago Review Press)
Peter C. Muir, Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920 (University of Illinois Press)
Paul Oliver, Barrelhouse Blues: Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues (Basic Civitas)
Best Historical Research in Record Labels
Jon Hartley Fox, King of the Queen City: the Story of King Records (University of Illinois Press)
Larry Alan Harris, Curt Gooch and Jeff Suhs, And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records (Backbeat)
Brian Southall, The Rise and Fall of EMI Records (Omnibus)
David Suff, Three Score and Ten: Topic Records at 70 (Topic)
Best Historical Research in Recorded Country Music
Patsy Bale Cox, The Garth Factor: The Career Behind Country's Big Boom (Center Street)
Pamela Fox, Natural Acts: Gender, Race, and Rusticity in Country Music (University of Michigan Press)
Jocelyn R. Neal, The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music (Indiana University Press)
Ralph Stanley and Eddie Dean, Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times (Gotham)
Ron Yule, Louisiana Fiddlers (University Press of Mississippi)
Best Historical Research in Recorded Folk, Ethnic, or World Music
Gage Averill, Alan Lomax in Haiti (Harte Recordings)
Alain Boulanger, John Cowley, and Marc Monneraye, La Musique antillaise en France discographie 1929-1959 / French-Caribbean Music in France a discography 1929-1959 (AFAS)
Jim Linderman, Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photographs (Dust-to-Digital)
John Radanovich, The Wild Man of Rhythm: the Life and Music of Benny Moré (Florida University Press)
Hank Reineke, Ramblin' Jack Elliot: The Never-Ending Highway (Scarecrow)
Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz
Van Alexander and Stephen Fratallone, From Harlem to Hollywood: My Life in Music (Bear Manor)
James Gavin, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne (Atria)
Duncan Heining, George Russell: The Story of an American Composer (Scarecrow)
Richard J. Johnson and Bernhard H. Shirley, American Dance Bands on Record and Film, 1915-1942, vol. 1 (Rustbooks)
Robin D. G. Kelly, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press)
Helene LaFaro-Fernández, Jade Visions: the Life and Music of Scott LaFaro (University of North Texas Press)
Hank O’Neal, The Ghosts of Harlem: Sessions with Jazz Legends (Vanderbilt University Press)
Leif Bo Peterson and Theo Rehak, The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro: Infatuation (Scarecrow)
Sam Stephenson, The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965 (Knopf)
Terry Teachout, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Best Historical Research in General Sound Recording
Travis Elborough, The Vinyl Countdown: The Album from LP to iPod and Back Again (Soft Skull Press)
Gary Gottlieb, How Does it Sound Now?  Legendary Engineers and Vintage Gear (Course Technology PTR)
Caleb Kelly, Cracked Media: the Sound of Malfunction (MIT Press)
Steve Knopper, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age (Free Press)
Howard Massey, Behind the Glass, vol. 2: Top Producers Tell how the Craft the Hits (Backbeat)
David Suisman, Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (Harvard University Press)
Best Historical Research in Recorded Classical Music
Jacques Chuilon, Mattia Battistini: King of Baritones and Baritone of Kings, trans. E. Thomas Glasow (Scarecrow)
Gregor Tassie, Kirill Kondrashin: His Life and Music (Scarecrow)
Chris Walton, Othman Schoeck: Life and Works (Rochester University Press)