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.
If These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour Through San Francisco Recording Studios (Thomson Course Technology) by Heather Johnson was selected as a finalist for the 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Winners will be announced on May 5, 2007 during ARSC’s annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Established 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. A blue-ribbon Awards Committee of the membership typically examines more than 100 books, articles, and liner notes published during the previous calendar year. The winners, as well as the categories, are indicative of the wide-ranging interests of the ARSC membership.
Through the eyes and ears of leading Bay Area artists, producers, engineers, and studio owners, If These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour Through San Francisco Recording Studios takes readers on a guided tour through some of San Francisco’s top recording studios, venturing behind the scenes of some of popular music’s hottest albums.
Readers will learn about the recording techniques, the magic, and the often unusual experiences that went into a wide range of recordings, including works by Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Santana, the Pointer Sisters, Herbie Hancock, Journey, Huey Lewis and the News, Chris Isaak, Faith No More, Green Day, and many more.
In addition, If These Halls Could Talk chronicles the arrival, growth, and departure of studios in and around San Francisco, the myriad advancements in technology through the years and its effect on the recording industry, and how the San Francisco Bay Area’s recording facilities have endured through economic ups and downs, increased competition, decreased demand, and the ever-changing, unpredictable music industry.
If These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour Through San Francisco Recording Studios is available at Borders, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, and other fine booksellers nationwide. For ordering information, reviews, and to read an excerpt, please visit www.out-word-bound.com.
Founded in 1966, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, study, publication, and information exchange surrounding all aspects of recordings and recorded sound.
Additional information about ARSC, the awards, and the conference can be found at www.arsc-audio.org.