More important than the music : a history of jazz discography

by Epperson, Bruce D., 1957-

Format: Print Book 2013
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML406.E67 2013
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Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML406.E67 2013
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 016.75 EPP
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  016.75 EPP
Today, jazz is considered high art, America's national music, and the catalog of its recordings--its discography--is often taken for granted. But behind jazz discography is a fraught and highly colorful history of research, fanaticism, and the intense desire to know who played what, where, and when. This history gets its first full-length treatment in Bruce D. Epperson's More Important Than the Music . Following the dedicated few who sought to keep jazz's legacy organized, Epperson tells a fascinating story of archival pursuit in the face of negligence and deception, a tale that saw curses and threats regularly employed, with fisticuffs and lawsuits only slightly rarer.

Epperson examines the documentation of recorded jazz from its casual origins as a novelty in the 1920s and '30s, through the overwhelming deluge of 12-inch vinyl records in the middle of the twentieth century, to the use of computers by today's discographers. Though he focuses much of his attention on comprehensive discographies, he also examines the development of a variety of related listings, such as buyer's guides and library catalogs, and he closes with a look toward discography's future. From the little black book to the full-featured online database, More Important Than the Music offers a history not just of jazz discography but of the profoundly human desire to preserve history itself.
Additional Information
Subjects Jazz -- Discography -- History.
Sound recordings -- Collectors and collecting.
Publisher Chicago :The University of Chicago Press,2013
Language English
Description xvi, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-270) and index.
ISBN 9780226067537 (hardcover)
022606753X (hardcover)
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