Bob George

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. (...)

After coming to Ann Arbor in the late 1960's, B. attended the U. of Michigan College of Art and Design. He was a member of the Art School Steering Committee, and worked under George Manupelli on the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the largest independent/experimental film festival of it's kind. In or about 1972, B. became the manager of the Art Department of the University Cellar, the student-owned and student-run bookstore servicing the University community. It was for many years the only alternative to the predatory companies Follett's and Ulrich's, for generations the only places Michigan students could buy or sell their overpriced textbooks. One of his ideas during this time was to create "The Whole Art Catalog". No one ever accused him of thinking small. It was never realized, mostly because of the lack of work by people who said they would help with research(this writer raises his guilty hand, here). It was a great idea, and would have encompassed a materials and equipment catalog on the creation of art, whether it be painted miniatures, or massive earthworks. (...)

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.

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