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More Important Than the Music: A History of Jazz Discography

Bruce D. Epperson

Abstract

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 a full-length treatment in this book. Following the dedicated few who sought to keep jazz's legacy organized, it tells a 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 slight ... More

Keywords: jazz discography, lawsuits, 1920s, vinyl records, buyer's guides, library catalogs, little black book, online database, high art, America's national music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226067537
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226067674.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce D. Epperson, author