ARC year-end Roundup 2008…

23 12 2008

Below are details on all the things ARC has done in 2008 and all the folks who helped us through the year.

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By the way there’s still time to make a donation.  You can now go to our website and donate online,  http://www.arcmusic.org   We realize times are tough and people are a bit worried.  Not us.  If everyone gives a little, we’ll be OK.

Pitch over.  Here’s the skinny…

The Holiday “Kissing Christmas” Record + CD sale has finally ended with every record sold, as the remnants were shipped off via mysterious Middle Eastern traders!  It was an unexpected success in these times of recession, but then again good things, under $5, are forever great gifts. We want to thank all the great folks who donated materials to sell and all the even greater folks who came out to shop.  More importantly the sale helps grow the collection.  As you know we ONLY sell third copies, so end of the year massive donations allow us to weed our garden properly; comparing the new adds to existing materials and keeping the best and alternate versions.  So while we sold some 15,000 discs, we added 25,000 new ones gleaned from all the drop-offs.

One of our more challenging jobs this year was supplying all the scans (over 800) for the new Grammy Hall of Fame that opened Dec 6 in LA.  ARC was the only library or organization in America that could supply such a wide array of popular music, in good condition, in a timely manner.  Well, we had a little help from the Institute of Jazz Studies out at Rutgers.  Scanning artwork and labels continues to be a major use of the collection, and this year we did work for Universal, Verve, Cadence, Sony, Def Jam, Nonesuch, Dave Clark and CBS among others.

On the massive database front you can now visit the NYMIA – The New York Musicians Index and ARChive @ http://www.nymia.org   This is an online listing of all working musicians and music related businesses in New York State.  This project was funded by ARC, Columbia University and a $250,000 grant from the New York State Music Fund.  The grant was awarded and administrated by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Irwin Chen @ Information Architecture did the programming.  As the project winds down early next year we say goodbye to project director Dr. Daniel Neely, and researchers Bryan Koniarz and Jon Hammer.   If you ARE a musician, or work in a music related field in New York State, do go online and make sure you’re listed.  If you need to book a tour through ancient New York – Phoenicia, Troy, Syracuse, Rome, Ithaca, Utica, Athens – the NYMIA makes it easy to find venues and help to promote your shows.

In March I gave a talk at the 42nd Annual ARSC Conference in Palo Alto, California.  My talk was titled “The New Center for music studies at Columbia U., ARCasia in Singapore and new approaches to mass cataloging”.  And you know, that’s exactly what I talked about.  Other west coast happenings included a meeting with longtime ARC Board of Advisors members and American songwriting geniuses, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, a tour of the UCLA and Sanford Music Libraries, a formal stay at the Madonna Inn and a casual visit with mating elephant seals along US 1 in Big Sur.  Other visits included Arhoolie Records in El Cerrito, the Gibson Guitar Showroom, the Grammy Foundation, PR man with a bow-tie Bob Merlis, Brewster Kahle and the folks at the Internet Archive (they take all our second copies of comedy records), and author Greil Marcus.

If you came to the sale you may have noticed it was in our new space.  ARC took over an additional 4000 sq feet on White Street and this is where we have our sales and process incoming materials.  So much new material is coming in that we are considering using a portion of this space to open a permanent record and CD outlet.  Good idea?

Thanks to everyone who donated materials, funds, energy and time to keep ARC going this year!   Special thanks to our interns and volunteers, including Jessica Thompson (who also donated 137 LPs!), Juan Amaya, Ashley Madalone, Jeff Koch, Joe Flynn, Kaci Bycek, (NYU), Nancy Breslow and Henry Beer.  Balde Mamadou was our West African-French intern this year via EPEIGE in Paris.  Pam Meyer continues to make those wonderful, official ARC pins for us.  And when we needed a truck, Keith Streng was right there.

AND finally, coming this Jan, be on the watch for the formal press release about our partnership with the Libraries of Columbia University and the state of Singapore!

Fred Patterson, head archivist, counted every one of these 2008 donations!

We spent a lot of time this year cataloging one of our most important recent donations; The Adam Goldstone Collection.   So far we’ve logged the 2306 twelve-inch albums and 693 CDs.  In early ’09 will tackle the 6,254 twelve-inch singles.  This is a priceless donation from the late DJs family.  You can read about Adam on our blog.

Another estate gift came from the family of James Dukas.  Jim was an actor, early radio announcer and voice over artist who appeared on TV commercials, as well as countless spoken word and children’s recordings.  His passion was Jazz and we received sheet music, songbooks, magazines and books.  More importantly there were 1584 reel-2-reel tapes, 912 cassettes, lots of acetates, 78s, CDs, and 3508 LPs.  Thanks to Tara Dowd who made all the arrangements for the gift.  You can read more about Mr. Dukas here.

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A third major estate donation came from Barry J. Lederer (1781 twelve-inch dance records and 223 LPs).  Barry had been donating thousands of recordings over the past 4 years and his death was a complete surprise, as we had only a few weeks before made a pickup, and all seemed well.  Barry was quite the cut-up, a pioneering Disco DJ and his history can be found here.

Jim Eigo @ Jazz Promo Service did a massive cleanup made a very nice donation of indie jazz CDs (3028) and an even better donation of jazz magazines (1440) this year.

Speaking of Jazz, collector Jim Doran continues to be generous with his annual donations. He began the year with 177 LPs and 308 books, and ended it with 411 jazz CDs.  Jim’s a hero because he also catalogs all of his donations.  Could we have a better friend?

If we could have, it would be Lois Weiss.  We picked up a second bath of priceless memorabilia, books, posters, photos and recordings (including 196 LPs, 145 singles, 162 cassettes and 46 reel-2-reel tapes) to accompany her earlier donation last year.  Lois was a member of the Fillmore East’s (in)famous Joshua Light Show and she donated piles of great stuff from that late 60s era.  More to come too!

Music writers of note who made ‘08 donations include Ben Ratliff of the Times (496 LPs, 80 singles) and Jim Farber (417 LPs) and David Hinkley, both from the Daily News.  David’s been a regular for more than ten years, giving piles twice a year – including over 300 music books.  Those other guys are newbies.

Radio station Z100 sent over 2100 LPs, while Ben Young up at WKCR dropped off hundreds of LPs, and right before the sale boxes of World Music cassettes, including many cassette-only African releases.

Ron Dingenary, a long–time donor from Footlight Records, for years the premier shopping spot for soundtracks and Broadway shows in NYC, this year again made a major donation of 162 DVDs, 327 seven-inch singles, 1048 CDs, and 3169 LPs.  Thanks Ron!

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Music Publishers Shapiro , Bernstein & Co. made a priceless donation of 2304 ten-inch acetates.  These one-of-a-kind, one-sided discs were created by songwriters, publishing companies and song pluggers to entice potential users.  One such rarity is Tony Bennett having a first crack at the David/Bacharach title song from a young Brigitte Bardot’s “The Night Heaven Fell.” Just for fun they threw in the sheet music.  We also got 516 seven-inch singles.  Jon Bonci, Debbie Rose and Michael Brettler made it all possible.

Musicians Dan Zanes (814 CDs, 1950 LPs – including an incredible batch of Reggae LPs and 23 Burl Ives discs – some beardless!), Jellybean (2136 CDs, 1352  LPs) and Fred Schneider (bags and bags of his annual bags of weird and wonderful LPs) all chipped in.

Labels, distributors and them new-fangled aggregators were also good to us this year, including Peter Wright @ Virtual, Mark Ghuneim @ Wiredset , Ed Steinberg @ Rockamerica (1577 CDs, 304 Videos), Chris Thieke @ Shore Fire Media (3171 CDs, 120 DVDs), Rich Appel @ Sony (300 CDs), John Earley @ Sony (21 DVDs), the folks at Nonesuch (373 CDs), Nasty Little Man (348 Cds), Anita Daly @ Daly Communications (235 Cds, 36 DVDs), Randy Haecker @ Sony/BMG (160 CDs) , Carolyn Freeman @ DefJam (884 CDs, 147 LPs, 373 dance singles), Gerald Moss @ Koch Entertainment (120 CDs), Mark Fotiadas @ Mute (815 CDs, 256 twelve-inchers), Jay Yee @ Giant Step (173 CDs), Gabby Gibb @ Sony/BMG/Legacy, Harry Weinger @ Universal (128 CDs), Carrie Cuneo @ Weasel Land, Helene Blue Musique, Kenny Margolis @ Selkem Records (400 music magazines, 217 CS), Drew Miller @ Omnium, Caroline Distribution, Jared Hoffman @ Instinct Records (600 twelve-inchers), Steve Knutson @ Rough Trade, Dan Storper @ Putumayo, Scott Bergman @ Astralwerks, Jon Hafter @ Big Sounds International (120 CDs), Ariel Hyatt @ Ariel Publicity (375 CDs), Cory Robbins @ Robbins Entertainment (1200 CDs) and the good folks over at Wax Poetics.  Speaking of Good, we got 162 LPs from former GOOD Magazine folks, who’s names are…?   Thanks also to all the small labels and individual artists who contributed one-offs, self produced and limited runs material.

Eagle Rock Entertainment sent over their complete catalog – over 800 DVDs – featuring studio and live musical performances and films with musical content.  They’ve kept us on their mailing list and we greatly appreciate this important addition to our visual archive.  We REALLY appreciated some of the tackier stuff (I mean brilliant), like the teensploitationastic “Wild Youth” with a baton-twirling jitterbug number and Peter Falk as a blasé killer Beatnik in “The Bloody Brood”.

Serial donors include Nick Hill who dropped off 2625 seven-inch singles, John Hammond who gave 225 CDs, Anne Leighton who continues to send bi-monthly big bags ‘o mags and Billy Adler who recently re-gifted Christmas-centric CDs (149) and singles (37).  Brian Gerosa of Gerosa Records Store in Brookfield, CN, also donated quite a few recordings this year, as always.

Producer Tom Hayes @ Telemotions gave 170 videos, Fred Hatt 110 LPs, and Jamie Johnson 400 LPs plus an incredible array of high-end audio equipment.  A Mr. Herbert Moscowitz gave 632 LPs, including a rare version of an early Dylan release.

And there were countless donations of 10, 20, 40, 125, 200+ by countless other ordinary citizens like Barbara Linhart, Fred Haptro, Thomas Erickson, Marcia Elliott, Bruce Rayvid, Amy Larkin, Barbara Arocho Negron, Scott Sendrow, Marcos Sueiro Bal, Peter Kapp, Andy Cohen, Bruce Alexander, Elizabeth Primamuce, Adam Dolgins, Lynne Goldsmith, Dan Morgenstern, Sarah Lazin, Dave Withers, Herb Jue, Bryan Koniarz, Nancy Breslow, Andy Schwartz, Harry Eriksen and Sarah S. Erwin.

Sorry if we forgot anyone.  We had a hard drive crash in October, and well, remind us if we lost info about your help or contribution.

As always, Because of YOU, ARC is the largest and best collection of popular music in the world.  Donate, drop off or drop by anytime.

Thanks again,

B. George,
Director

ARChive of Contemporary Music
54 White Street, New York City, 10013
tel : 212-226-6967
e : arcmusic@inch.com      http://arcmusic.org
blog: http://arcmusic.wordpress.com


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9 02 2009
Nancy Breslow

Keep up the good work, Bob (and Phast Phreddie)!

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