[78-L] Mommy, why is daddy an archeologist?

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Sun Apr 17 19:54:46 PDT 2011

By the way, "discography" must be one of the most misused words in our lexicon. 
Google it with just about any other name and there's a 1% chance you'll 
actually find what you want, which is a complete listing of all known 
recordings by said artist. Invariably you instead get a catalog, and a limited 
one at that.

Example: here's a Karel Ancerl discography, and a very good one.

And here's a Jaroslav Krombholz discography.


On 4/15/2011 11:48 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> On 4/15/2011 9:53 PM, Steven C. Barr wrote:
>> Well. around 1935 the idea of writing and compiling about 78's (the
>> only records that existed then..)
> No, the Program Transcriptions were still in the catalog.
>>    generated the need of a convenient
>> term to describe it. What emerged was "discography"...i.e. "writing
>> about discs (records)...!
> Delauney's publisher assumed that this word was their copyrighted
> property, and in the late 30s or 40s served notice on several record
> magazines when they published articles with record lists titled
> discographies.  I think I ran across this being discussed in The Record
> Changer.  I think it might have been at the time of publishing the New
> Hot Discography which was the late 40s.  They were soon told to back off
> because there had not been any attempt to trademark the word.  (When
> Compton MacKenzie was starting up The Grmophione magazine and approached
> representatives of HMV for advertising, they agreed and also told the
> startled MacKenzie that they were not planning on suing him for
> infringing on their trademarked name.)
> Last year on ARSCList there was a discussion of whether discography was
> appropriate for catalogs of tapes, cylinders, and other non-disc
> formats.  We all said yes, and I mentioned that there had been
> cylinderographies in the past.
>>    So...are we "discists?" or is there a more
>> elegant term possible...?!
> Are tape collectors "tape worms"?
>> ANYTHING is better than "That crazy old f...ogey that buys all those
>> ancient records"...?!  Steven C. Barr
> I EARNED my Old Fogey status, especially considering what I went thru in
> the hospital a couple of months ago.  I have indeed considered the
> alternative, and I hope to continue to grow older.
> Mike Biel  mbiel at mbiel.com

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