Christine Lavin’s memoir Cold Pizza for Breakfast: A Mem-wha?? has won an American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Deems Taylor Award in the pop music books category.
The Deems Taylor Awards, which were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer/critic/commentator Deems Taylor, recognize outstanding print, broadcast and new media coverage of music.
Both book authors and publishers receive awards, with cash prizes also going to the authors. Lavin’s memoir, which recounts a recording/performing career that has not only brought her great renown in the folk music/singer-songwriter communities (not to mention cooking, knitting and even baton-twirling circles), but has been an exposure vehicle for legions of fellow singer-songwriters whom she has promoted in her concerts, was published by Tell Me Press.
The other award-winners in the pop category are Dean Katherine Bergeron, for Voice Lessons: French Mélodie In The Belle Époque, published by Oxford University Press; Charlotte Greenspan, for Pick Yourself Up: Dorothy Fields And The American Musical (Oxford University Press); Nat Hentoff, for At The Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years On The Jazz Scene (University of California Press); Renée Levine Packer, for This Life Of Sounds: Evenings For New Music In Buffalo (Oxford University Press); and Alex Ross, for Listen To This (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
Other Deems Taylor book awards are: The Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the concert music field, honoring Professor R. Larry Todd for his book Fanny Hensel: The Other Mendelssohn (Oxford University Press); The Timothy White Award for Outstanding Musical Biography in the pop music field, recognizing Will Friedwald for A Biographical Guide To The Great Jazz And Pop Singers (Free Press); and The Béla Bartók Award for Outstanding Ethnomusicology Book, comemmorating Professor James Loeffner for Most Musical Nation: Jews And Culture In The Late Russian Empire (Yale University Press).
The Slominsky Award honors the memory of the Russian-American composer, conductor, musicologist and critic; the White Award honors that of the late Timothy White, author of several acclaimed musical biographies and editor-in-chief of Billboard; and the Bartók pays homage to the Hungarian composer, pianist and ethnomusicologist.
Other ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards recognize radio and television broadcasters for outstanding muisic coverage and programming, music journalism and liner note writing. The winners will be honored at the 43rd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards ceremony at ASCAP’s New York offices on Nov. 15.
ASCAP is a U.S. performing rights organization representing a repertory of over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 415,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. Deems Taylor, who died in 1966, seved six years as ASCAP president.
The 43rd ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards are supported by ASCAP, The ASCAP Foundation, Hal Leonard Corporation and the Music Publishers Association of the United States.
[The Examiner is cited on Page 362 of Cold Pizza For Breakfast: A Mem-wha??]
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