12 Books Named Gleason Awards Finalists

Posted in News on August 6, 2000

Twelve books have been chosen as finalists for the 11th annual Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Awards, it was announced recently by award sponsors BMI, Rolling Stone magazine and New York University. The awards are presented annually to the three top music books that best exemplify the standard of passionate writing and scholarship set by the late Ralph J. Gleason, co-founder of Rolling Stone. The three winning titles will be announced at a reception on August 24 at New York's Sony Club. The ceremony will be dedicated to the memory of Robert Rolontz, Founder and Chairman of the Gleason Book Awards.

The three top winning books will share $5,000 funded by Rolling Stone and performing rights organization BMI. First prize is $2,500, second prize is $1,500 and third prize is $1,000. The selection committee, which reviewed more than 60 titles submitted by each book's publisher, includes music critics and authors Pat Baird, Anthony DeCurtis, Holly George-Warren, Chet Flippo, Nelson George, Dr. John Gilbert, David Hinckley and Alan Light.

11th Annual Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Awards Finalists

A Cure for Gravity
Joe Jackson (Public Affairs)

A Riot of Our Own: Night and Day with the Clash
Johnny Green and Garry Barker (Faber & Faber)

Graham Lock (Duke University Press)

Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit
Suzanne E. Smith (Harvard University Press)

Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists
Sacha Jenkins, Elliot Wilson, Chairman Mao, Gabriel Alvarez, Brent Rollins (St. Martin's Griffin)

Flowers in the Dustbin: The Rise of Rock & Roll, 1947-1997
James Miller (Simon & Schuster)

The Late Great Johnny Ace and the Transition from R&B to Rock 'n Roll
James M. Salem (University of Illinois Press)

Lone Star Swing
Duncan McLean (Norton)

Making the Wiseguys Weep: The Jimmy Roselli Story
David Evanier (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend
Tony Fletcher (Spike [Avon])

True Adventures With the King of Bluegrass: Jimmy Martin
Tom Piazza (Vanderbilt University Press/Country Music Foundation)

Working Man Blues: Country Music in California
Gerald W. Haslam (University of California Press)

SOURCENews TAGS Country R&B Rock


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