This might be of interest to some of you: a list of the finalists for the 2005 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Which is code for: here are some good new books about music. I suspect the 33 1/3 books are too short to qualify for this, but we have a couple of our books on the list: Gwen Ansell's Soweto Blues, an oral history of South African Jazz, and Bob Darden's People Get Ready - his history of black gospel music.
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED BLUES
Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, by Elijah Wald (Harper Collins).
Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf, by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman(Pantheon).
Robert Johnson: Mythmaking and Contemporary American Culture, by Patricia R. Schroeder(University of Illinois Press).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED CLASSICAL MUSIC
Adrian Willaert: A Guide to Research, by David Kidger (Routledge).
Alan Rawsthorne: A Bio-Bibliography, by John Dressler (Praeger).
Dmitri Shostakovich, Pianist, by Sofia Moshevich(McGill-Queens University Press).
Leroy Anderson: A Bio-Bibliography, by Burgess Speed (Praeger).
Performing Music in the Age of Recording, by Robert Philip (Yale University Press).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED FOLK or COUNTRY MUSIC
Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942, by Tony Russell (Oxford University Press).
Ramblin' Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, by Ed Cray (Norton).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED WORLD MUSICAlbanian Urban Lyric Song in the 1930s, by Eno Koco (Scarecrow Press).
Arrest the Music!: Fela and his Rebel Art and Politics, by Tejumola Olaniyan (Indiana University Press).
Git Zaman Gel Zaman, by Cernal Unlu (Fonograf Gramofon Tab Plak).
Soweto Blues: Jazz, Popular Music and Politics in South Africa, by Gwen Ansell (Continuum Books).
BEST RESEARCH in GENERAL HISTORY of RECORDED SOUND
Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music, by Mark Katz (University of California Press).
Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1890-1919, by Tim Brooks(University of Illinois Press).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED JAZZ
Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost, by Ben Young, ed.(Revenant Records).
The Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman, 1945-1947, by Loren Schoenberg (Mosaic Records).
Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend, by Michael Dregni (Oxford University Press).
Queen: The Life and Music of Dinah Washington, by Nadine Cohodas (Pantheon).
Satchmo: The Louis Armstrong Encyclopedia, by Michael Meckna (Greenwood Press).
Tom Talbert: His Life and Times, by Bruce Talbot(Scarecrow Press).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORD LABELS
Fonotipia Recordings: A Centennial Survey, by Michael E. Henstock (published by author).
Discography of OKeh Records, 1918-1934, by Ross Laird and Brian Rust (Praeger).
Syrena Record: Poland's First Recording Company, 1904-1939, by Tomasz Lerski (Editions Karin).
Victor Red Seal Discography: Vol. I: Single-Sided Series (1903-1925), by John R. Bolig(Mainspring Press).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED POPULAR MUSIC
Andrews Sisters: A Biography and Career Record, by H. Arlo Nimmo (McFarland).
Celia: My Life, an Autobiography, by Celia Cruz and Ana Cristina Reymundo (Harper Collins).
That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze, by Bruce Vermazen (Oxford University Press).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED RHYTHM & BLUES, SOUL, or GOSPEL MUSIC
Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield and the Rise and Fall of American Soul, by Craig Hansen Werner (Crown).
House on Fire: The Rise and Fall of Philadelphia Soul, by John A. Jackson (Oxford University Press).
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece, by Matt Dobkin (St. Martins Press).
Luther: The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross, by Craig Seymour (Harper Collins).
Original Marvelettes: Motown's Mystery Girl Group, by Marc Taylor (Aloiv).
People Get Ready!: A New History of Black Gospel Music, by Robert Darden (Continuum Books).
BEST RESEARCH in RECORDED ROCK or RAP MUSIC
Del Shannon: Home and Away: The Complete Recordings, 1960-1970, by Brian Young (Bear Family).
Freddy Fresh Presents the Rap Records, by Freddy Fresh (Nerby Publishing).
Never Break the Chain: Fleetwood Mac and the Making of Rumours, by Cath Carroll (Chicago Review Press).
Nirvana: The Complete Recording Sessions, by Rob Jovanovic (Firefly).
Smoke on the Water: The Deep Purple Story, by Dave Thompson (ECW Press).
Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful, by Paolo Hewitt and John Hellier (Helter Skelter).