October 12, 2005


deems.jpg New York, October 12, 2005: The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers announced the winners of the 38th Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music. The winners will be honored at a special reception on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at The Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room, Broadway at 60th Street, New York City. Over the years, tens of thousands of dollars have been distributed in cash prizes to winning authors, journalists and broadcast producers and personalities.

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award honors 20/20 Hearing, produced and hosted by John Clare and Classical Discoveries, produced and hosted by Marvin Rosen. Cited in the Television Broadcast category is No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. The documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese, was produced by: Martin Scorsese (Sikelia Productions), Producer; Susan Lacy (American Masters), Producer; Jeff Rosen (Grey Water Park Productions), Producer; Nigel Sinclair (Spitfire Pictures), Producer; Anthony Wall (BBC), Producer; Paul G. Allen & Jody Patton (Vulcan Productions), Executive Producers.

The ASCAP Deems Taylor Internet Award honors the contemporary classical music portal, Sequenza21 (www.Sequenza21.com), edited by Jerry Bowles.

The Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the pop music field cites Gene Lees for his book, Portrait of Johnny: The Life of John Herndon Mercer, published by Pantheon Books. This award was established to honor the memory of Billboard Magazine editor Timothy White, who passed away in early 2002. Mr. White was himself a former Deems Taylor recipient, and was the writer of acclaimed biographies of Bob Marley, Brian Wilson, and James Taylor.

The Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the concert music field honors Kevin Bazzana for his book, Wondrous Strange: The Life And Art Of Glenn Gould, published by Oxford University Press. This award was established to honor the memory of Slonimsky (1894 – 1995), the Russian-American composer, conductor, musicologist and critic. Slonimsky was the writer of Baker's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, The Lexicon of Musical Invective and Perfect Pitch, an autobiography.

The Béla Bartók Award for Outstanding Ethnomusicological Book honors Marc Perlman for Unplayed Melodies: Javanese Gamelan and the Genesis of Music Theory, published by The University of California Press. This new award honors the memory of Bartók (1881-1945), the great Hungarian-American composer and ethnomusicologist.

The authors and publishers of the eight books to be honored at the ceremony are:

  • Ed Cray for Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, published by W.W. Norton & Company

  • Tim Brooks for Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919 published by University of Illinois Press

  • Dan Morgenstern for Living with Jazz: A Reader, published by Pantheon Books

  • Mark N. Grant for The Rise and Fall of the Broadway Musical, published by Northeastern University Press/University Press of New England

  • Colin Symes for Setting the Record Straight: A Material History of Classical Recording, published by Wesleyan University Press

  • Richard Taruskin for The Oxford History of Western Music, Vol. 2, published by Oxford University Press

  • Ned Sublette for Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, Vol. 1 published by Chicago Review Press

  • David W. Stowe for How Sweet the Sound: Music In The Spiritual Lives Of Americans, published by Harvard University Press

The ten writers and editors of journal, magazine and newspaper articles, program notes and/or liner notes and their respective publishers to be honored are:

  • Francis Davis for his liner notes, Bill Evans: You Must Believe in Spring, released by Warner Strategic Marketing/Rhino Records

  • Sean Wilentz for his liner notes, Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, released by Legacy Recordings/Sony BMG Music Entertainment

  • Geoffrey Himes for his articles, "Pioneers: Mance Lipscomb" (Texas Music Magazine), "Trying to Raise the Ghosts Up Outta Their Graves: Dave Alvin Finds Inspiration for the Here and Now In Memories of the Good Old Days" (No Depression Magazine), and "Brian Wilson Remembers How to Smile" (Paste Magazine).

  • Aliya S. King for her article, "Love and Unhappiness," published by Vibe Magazine

  • Robert Lloyd for his article, "Once Upon a Session," published by LA Weekly

  • Laurel Fay for her article, "Volkov’s Testimony Reconsidered," printed in the book by Malcolm H. Brown, A Shostakovich Casebook, published by Indiana University Press.

  • Nicole V. Gagné for her article, "The Beaten Path," published by New Music Box

  • Mark Stryker for his article, "Two String Quartet Concerts: One Reactionary, The Other Triumphal," published by Detroit Free Press

  • Rebecca Winzenried for her article, "Stalking the Culturally Aware Non-Attender," published by Symphony

  • Robert Wason for his liner notes, "Henry Martin, Preludes and Fugues Part 2," released by Bridge Records.

In addition, ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Awards will be presented to:

  • Bob Dylan for his book, Bob Dylan: Chronicles, Volume One, published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

  • Rich Cohen for his book, Machers and Rockers: Chess Records and the Business of Rock & Roll, published by Atlas Books/W.W. Norton & Company

  • Nicolas Slonimsky for his books, Writing on Music Vol. 1-4, published by Routledge

  • Zaidee Rose Stavely for her article, "A Man of Note," published by US Airways Attaché

  • The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association forthe overall excellence of their program notes

The members of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards Panel for 2005 are Charles Dodge, Paul Moravec, Frank Oteri, Richard Miller, Julie Flanders, David Massengill, Matthew Shipp, Larry John McNally, and Wesley Stace.

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the world's largest performing-right organization, with over 220,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works, and then distributing these fees to the Society's members based on performances. ASCAP's repertory spans the entire spectrum of music from pop to symphonic, rock to gospel, Latin to country to jazz, rhythm and blues, theater, film and television music. ASCAP's Board of Directors is made up solely of writers and publishers, elected by the membership.