New PDF release: More Important Than the Music: A History of Jazz Discography

By Bruce D. Epperson

Today, jazz is taken into account excessive artwork, America’s nationwide track, and the catalog of its recordings—its discography—is usually taken with no consideration. yet in the back of jazz discography is a fraught and hugely colourful heritage of study, fanaticism, and the serious wish to comprehend who performed what, the place, and while. This historical past will get its first full-length therapy in Bruce D. Epperson’s More very important Than the Music. Following the committed few who sought to maintain jazz’s legacy prepared, Epperson tells a desirable tale of archival pursuit within the face of negligence and deception, a story that observed curses and threats frequently hired, with fisticuffs and proceedings purely a bit of rarer.

Epperson examines the documentation of recorded jazz from its informal origins as a novelty within the Nineteen Twenties and ’30s, in the course of the overwhelming deluge of 12-inch vinyl documents in the midst of the 20 th century, to using pcs via today’s discographers. although he focuses a lot of his recognition on entire discographies, he additionally examines the advance of quite a few similar listings, equivalent to buyer’s courses and library catalogs, and he closes with a glance towards discography’s destiny. From the little black e-book to the full-featured on-line database, More very important Than the Music deals a historical past not only of jazz discography yet of the profoundly human wish to protect historical past itself.

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