I guess you’d file this under the “shameless self-promotion” category, but I’m excited and feel like spreading the word!
If These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour Through San Francisco Recording Studios, by yours truly, was selected as a finalist for the 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. The winners will be announced on May 5, 2007 during the ARSC’s annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisc.
This is the first time anything I’ve written has been recognized with an award, and this one is pretty darn cool. I’m in the company of some pretty well-known journalists, and the judges are music historians from Eastman School of Music and the like. Plus, one of the main reasons I wanted to write a book like this was to help preserve a legacy of sorts. Very little of the recording studio history is documented; the wonderful stories about how great music got made get passed on by word-of-mouth, but then often fade away as people move on, pass on, or the studio itself shuts down…which, sadly, is happening much too often. It’s like preserving an endangered species!
<>If you’re interested in reading the full press release, click below. Otherwise, stay tuned for more tidbits on Bay Area recording. My next entry, whenever it comes, will likely target Wally Heider Recording, now Hyde Street Studios…another historic place that stands a chance of extinction in favor of too-expensive condos. Continue reading