"FolkLib Index: Wisconsin Discography"
- Book Selection Criteria
(Recordings by Wisconsin resident musicians 1948-2005)
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This is a working draft of the "Book Selection Criteria" chapter
in my forthcoming book,
FolkLib Index: Wisconsin Discography.
Each artist/group will be listed alphabetically, plus they will be listed
in the book's
Name Index - by city chapter.
To be included in the book, each recording artist/group should qualify
under one or more of the following criteria. These are not hard and fast
rules, so they may be fudged a bit here and there if I feel it is
appropriate in a special case.
Formats listed: LP, Cassette (CS), CD, VHS, DVD, EP, 8 track
(Release Dates: 1948 - 12-31-2005)
Formats not listed
Musical Genres to be included
Musical Genres which will NOT be included
- Born in Wisconsin.
- Was a full-time resident at one time. Although there may be an
exception from time to time, generally, an artist must have lived in
Wisconsin continuously for at least 30 days, at least once in their life.
- Attended at least one full semester of a Wisconsin college,
university or technical school and lived on campus or in off-campus
housing, and did not just commute daily from another state.
- Lived in Wisconsin during the summer while working at a music
related place like the American Folklore Theatre in Fish Creek, even if
they lived out of state the rest of the year. Out of state resident
recording artists who only stayed here and taught at the UW-Milwaukee Folk
Center's Stringalong Weekends, in most cases, have not resided here long
enough to qualify as Wisconsin residents, at least as far as the criteria
for being included in the book is concerned.
- Recording artists/groups who have never lived in Wisconsin, but who
have current or former Wisconsin resident musicians on one or more of
their albums. Only the albums with Wisconsin musicians will be listed for
Individuals and groups that will not be listed:
- Based in a Wisconsin city at one time in their existence.
- Out of state bands will be included if they at one time or another
had a Wisconsin resident member who commuted out of state to play with
them regularly, AND, who appeared on at least one of their recordings.
- Bluegrass bands which were based out of state, but which had a band
web page on either the MABMA or the SWBMAI Web sites at one time, even if
none of their members ever lived in Wisconsin.
12-31-2005 Criteria modification:
To be listed in the book, a non-Wisconsin MABMA or SWBMAI member band
must either, 1) have at least one regular member who has lived in
Wisconsin, or 2) have at least one recording which includes one or more
musicians who have lived in Wisconsin. Band members who have never lived
in Wisconsin will not be mentioned in the book.
Milwaukee Area Bluegrass Music Association (MABMA)
Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association, Inc. (SWBMAI)
Recordings which will not be listed:
Songwriters who have never recorded anything, composers, choir, band or
orchestra directors/conductors, and recording studio technicians who have
never appeared on any physical recording as a performing musician, either
as a singer or as an instrumentalist. If a recorded artist is also a
studio technician, their known studio work (e.g. "recorded, mixed and
mastered by") may be listed on the Web site, but not in the book.
(See the MP3, etc. exclusion criteria below)
- Producers, liner notes authors, photographers and any other
non-performers listed in liner notes, even if they perform on one or
more recordings. As above, if a studio technician is also a
recorded artist, their studio work will be listed on the Web site,
but not in the book.
- Wisconsin based bands that perform(ed) regularly, but have never
recorded a solo album or had at least one track on a various artists
collection. Unless a recording by them can be found, those artists/groups
(no known recordings)"
on the Wisconsin Artists page, will not be listed.
Musical Genre recordings which will NOT be listed:
- Recordings released after 12-31-2005, the book project's
end-of-research cutoff date.
- Cylinders, 78's and
- MP3 and Real Player files and other similar songs or albums that
exist only in electronic form, and have never been officially released for
sale as a physical product in identically formatted quantities (100 or
more). This is due to the fact that this book will be in printed format
for a very long time (I hope). At least in this author's opinion, a
discography is a list of physical recordings that fifty or a hundred years
from now will be available in a library or other archival storage
building, or for purchase somewhere, either new or used, in the same
condition and identical format as they are described in the book.
- Bootlegs, unless officially authorized by the performing artist, and
the sale proceeds of which go mostly, or completely to the artist.
- Private recordings: those which can (or could) only be purchased by a
certain group or members of an organization, and were never released for
sale to the general public.
- Finally, although detailed bibliographic discography references will
be noted where applicable, except in special cases, no individual
recordings that have been already fully documented in another previously
published book will be listed in this book.
Six books that I know about have been published so far with
definitive Wisconsin discographies for one or more of the
following genres of music.
- All recordings listed on the
Pop and Rock Musicians Discography page
- Top 40
- Rock & Roll
- Heavy Metal
- Hip hop
- Rhythm & Blues (R&B)
- Industrial (Sub-genre)
- Lounge (Sub-genre)
(aka background music, elevator music, Muzak)
- New Age (Sub-genre)
(except for some solo instrumentalists)
- New Wave
The only ones I know about:
- Rap (Sub-genre)
- Ska (Sub-genre)
- Space Music (Sub-genre)
(the type of music that used to be played on the old
"Hearts of Space" and "Echoes" programs that no longer air on
Wisconsin Public Radio)
- Techno (Sub-genre)
- Any others directly related to the above,
for example, just a few I have heard of:
The name of every recording artist/group in the above genres known to
the author will be listed alphabetically along with everyone else below.
Each entry will either give a bibliographic reference where their
discography can be found in print, or the "FolkLib Index" Web site URL
location of their discography. For example,
Anthony, Rob - Milwaukee - http://www.folklib.net/poprock.shtml#Anthony,Rb
Note, only URL's regularly maintained by the author will be listed in
Musical Genre recordings which WILL be listed:
- A recording by a Pop/Rock artist/group will be listed if a musician in
one of the genres below appears on it.
- Recordings by some multiple genre artists will be listed, if the
primary genre is from the list below, like Christian Rap and Native
- (#2a) Recordings will be listed if I know that musicians above have
performed at one of the annual genre-specific music festivals like
Milwaukee Irish Fest
Everyone else in that particular genre will have their recordings listed,
so they will too.
As far as I know, not a single book has EVER! been published
specifically featuring a definitive Wisconsin discography for even one of
the following genres of music.
(and all its sub-genres not specifically listed below)
Bluegrass / Old-Time
Blues (both acoustic and electric)
- Cajun / Zydeco
Celtic (Irish, Scottish, etc.)
- Singer/Songwriter (solo acoustic)
Classical (symphony orchestras, string quartets, etc.)
- Jazz / Swing
Big Band (Glenn Miller type of dance music)
Native American Indian
- Church choirs
grade school, high school, college and university
choruses, bands and orchestras
concert bands, community bands, marching bands
- solo instrumentalists
Spoken Word (poets, storytellers, sermons, etc.),
but not "Books On Tape/CD"
Musical Genres which will NOT be included
Please send additions and/or corrections to Doug Henkle:
P.O. Box 331, Ripon, WI 54971-0331
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