Charlie Gillett - Bob George & Martha DeFoe/ Families
This cassette from the early 80's features songs on the theme of Families and in the second hour - guests Bob George and Martha DeFoe who had written The International Discography Of New Wave. They talk about the book and the music scene in New York at that time. Apolgies as always for the lo-fi tape sound which is due purely to age - these tapes played fine 25 years ago!
"B.George (born Bob George, November 24, 1949, in Youngstown, Ohio) is the co-founder and Executive Director of the ARChive of Contemporary Music in New York City. With over two million sound recordings, the ARC is the largest popular music collection in America. The initial donation of 47,000 discs that began ARC’s collection came from B. Himself, who accumulated them in the interval between moving to New York and publishing the International Discography, noted below. George went to New York City in 1974 as a visual arts student at the Whitney Museum Studio Program. From 1975 to 1979, he co-directed performance artist Laurie Anderson’s stage show. In 1977, he formed One Ten Records and released the first commercial compilation of audio work by visual artists—a two record set entitled Airwaves, that included the initial recordings of Laurie Anderson and unreleased work by Meredith Monk. In 1980, he received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to produce recordings by visual artists, and in 1981 released Laurie Anderson’s first single “O Superman”. This single went to number two on the UK charts and reached the top 20 in 16 countries. It was eventually released by WEA and has sold close to a million copies worldwide. In 1981, George published the first comprehensive discographical reference work on Punk and New Wave music, titled Volume, the International Discography of the New Wave. By its second edition in 1982, the book had grown to over 700 pages and was co-published and distributed internationally by Omnibus Press. Volume continues to be the definitive reference guide to this material, cited in The Readers Catalog, England's Dreaming, and many other publications."