Mainspring Press Is No Longer Hosting Brian Rust’s “Jazz Records,” As It Does Not Meet Our Current Standards for Discographical Research

JAZZ AND RAGTIME RECORDS (1897 – 1942)
The Complete 6th (and Final) Edition
Brian Rust

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Mainspring Press is no longer hosting this work, as it fails to our current minimum standards for discographical research, including its failure to cite credible sources, and to clearly label anecdotal, conjectural, and/or fabricated data as such.

The PDF files has been deleted from the Mainspring Press website and blog.

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Legal Notice re. Rights to Rust’s “Jazz Records”

 

Perhaps understandably, there appears to be some confusion over rights to Brian Rust’s Jazz Records since its removal from the Mainspring Press sites.

In particular, we have reports of misinformation circulating on Facebook and other sites. We do not follow social media, so if you have questions, concerns, or anything substantive to say, please do the professional, adult thing and contact us directly.

For those of you not familiar with publishing and intellectual property law, there are two basic components in play here: (1) copyright, and (2) publication rights. They are not the same, and understanding the difference is key to avoiding some legal headaches.

To clarify:

COPYRIGHT: The contents of Jazz Records-6 were placed in the public domain in 2016 by Mainspring Press. This was done as a favor to the collecting community, particularly a number of collectors who made the case that doing so would allow them to incorporate that material into a new, original Jazz Records-7. (Tellingly enough, that’s never happened, but the opportunity is still there, since the data are now free for anyone to use in a new work.)

PUBLICATION RIGHTS: Mainspring Press retains the publication rights to Jazz Records-6 and all previous editions under our 2001 contract with Brian Rust, which remains in force. That means you cannot reprint those actual books, as some reportedly are recommending. Bear in mind that Mainspring Press is still very much in business (and in fact is planning to re-enter the book business in early 2023). We retain the services of an intellectual-property attorney in the U.S., and a licensed registered agent overseas, to whom any infringement of our rights will be referred for appropriate legal action.

WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO, LEGALLY:

  • You can incorporate the data from Rust’s Jazz Records-6, and any previous edition of that work, into a new, original work.
  • You can publish and sell a new, original work incorporating that data. Mainspring Press will make no legal claim in such a work (nor are we interested in publishing it).
  • You can continue to distribute copies of the Jazz Records-6 PDF file for personal, non-commercial use only.
  • You cannot sell, cause to be sold, or facilitate the selling of copies of that file in any format — print, e-book, digital, or otherwise — whether or not for financial profit.
  • You cannot reprint Jazz Records-6, or any previous editions of that work — for example, by printing from the PDF or scanned page files — or sell or cause to be sold such reprints, whether or not for financial profit. Mainspring Press retains the sole right to publish and sell those works in their present form, in any and all formats, and violations will result in legal action.

If you are interested in purchasing the printer-ready files and publication rights to JR-6 for reprint purposes, we are happy to consider offers.

Again, if you have questions or concerns, please contact us  directly. We do not follow or conduct business on social media.

— Allan Sutton / Owner, Mainspring Press

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The Playlist • Around the World on Victor Records — Some “Ethnic” Favorites, 1905 – 1923 (MP3)

The Playlist • Around the World on Victor Records:
Some Ethnic Favorites, 1905 – 1923

Original Recordings from the Mainspring Press Collection

(Discographical data from the Victor Talking Machine Co.
and Gramophone Co. files)

 

A sampling of Victor’s extensive Foreign Catalog offerings from the acoustic era. Being  intended primarily for the export or domestic immigrant markets, most of these records were pressed in small runs and segregated in special catalogs that the average American record buyer never saw. As such, many are quite scarce today, especially in anything approaching decent condition.

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ANONYMOUS: Andikristo

Constantinople: March 20, 1909
Victor 63512  (Gramophone Co. mx. 12578b)
Artists are uncredited in the Gramophone Co. files and on the labels.

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GREEK MANDOLINATA OF THE STEAMSHIP KING ALEXANDER: Diavolopedo

New York: January 19, 1923
Victor 77380  (mx. B 27418 – 2)

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ALEXANDER MALOOF: A Trip to Syria — Original Syrian Dance

New York: September 16, 1913
Victor 65830  (mx. B 13868 – 2)
Concurrent issue on Victor 17443 (domestic catalog).

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ELENKRIEG’S ORCHESTRA: Die Zilberne Chasene

New York: December 2, 1915
Victor 67569  (mx. B 16843 – 1)

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FRANCISCO LOPEZ & SALVADOR FLORES: Flores de Pascuas

Caracas, Venezuela: January 27, 1917
Victor 72682  (mx. G 1794 – 1)
Recording expedition headed by George K. Cheney and Charles S. Althouse.

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MARIANO ESCOBEDO & DOMINGO NUÑEZ (Emilio Sirvas, guitar): Tu Seperación

Lima, Peru: September 20, 1913
Victor 65996  (mx. L 277 – 1)
Recording expedition headed by Frank L. Rambo and Charles S. Althouse.

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JESÚS ABREGO & LEOPOLO PICAZO: Amigo, Amigo

Mexico City: July 18, 1905
Victor 98084  (mx. 23 Z – )
Recording expedition headed by William Nafey and Samuel H. Rous (who, in addition to recording prolifically under the name of “S. H. Dudley,” was a Victor manager and later wrote the early editions of The Victor Book of the Opera).

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The Playlist • Some May – June 2022 Additions (Free MP3 Transfers)

The Playlist • Some May – June 2022 Additions
(Free MP3 Transfers)

Some favorite new arrivals to the collection, for your listening pleasure.

We’re always looking to acquire top-quality 1920s jazz records in top condition; your lists of disposables — with ruthlessly honest grading and all defects (especially any graininess) noted, along with your asking prices — are always welcome.

Reposting or commercial use of these sound files is prohibited.
Please report violations to: publisher@mainspringpress.com.

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JELLY ROLL MORTON & HIS ORCHESTRA: Pretty Lil  (EE+)

Camden, NJ: July 9, 1929
Victor V-38078  (mx. BVE 49454 – 2)

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KING OLIVER & HIS ORCHESTRA: The Trumpet’s Prayer  (EE+)

New York: February 1, 1929
Victor V-38039  (mx. BVE 48334 – 1)
Oliver present as director, per the Victor files.

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CLARENCE WILLIAMS’ ORCHESTRA: Lazy Mama  (E+)

New York: June 23, 1928
Okeh 8592  (mx. W 400818 – B)

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NEW ORLEANS OWLS: Piccadilly  (E)

New Orleans: April 14, 1926
Columbia 1158-D  (mx. W 142019 – 3)

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CLIFF CARLISLE: That Nasty Swing  (EE–)

Charlotte, NC (Southern Radio Building): June 16, 1936
Bluebird B-6631  (mx. BS 102651 -1)
Cliff Carlisle (steel guitar); other accompanists unlisted in RCA files.

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TED BROUGHTON & ROY RODGERS (as The Hawaiian Songbirds): Happy Hawaiian Blues  (V++ to E–)

Dallas: October 1928
Perfect 11342  (Brunswick mx. DAL 697 – A)

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SOL HOOPII’S NOVELTY TRIO: Alekoki  (E+)

Los Angeles: March 24, 1928
Columbia 1368-D  (mx. W 145908 – 4)