Laird, Ross 1947-

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LAIRD, Ross 1947-

PERSONAL: Born September 4, 1947, in Melbourne, Australia; married Agnes Chan Wai Ming, February 1, 1996 (marriage ended); married Kitty Koh, November 11, 2004. Education: Deakin University, B.A., 1992; Curtin University, diploma in information and library science, 1994.

ADDRESSES: Home—G.P.O. Box 22, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601, Australia. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Writer. Worked as a librarian, 1965–87; National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia, librarian and consultant, 1988–91; Wharf Cable Television, Hong Kong, senior manager of video library system, 1992–94; Ernst & Young, Hong Kong, manager of information and research unit, 1994–96; National Film and Sound Archive, sound archivist, 1997–.

MEMBER: Association for Recorded Sound Collections.


A Discography of Popular Music Recorded in Australia, 1924–1950, privately printed, 1982.

Tantalizing Tingles, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1995.

Moanin' Low: Female Popular Vocals, 1920–1933, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1996.

The First Wave: Australian Rock and Pop Recordings, 1955–1963, National Film and Sound Archive (Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia), 1998.

Sound Beginnings: A History of the Australian Record Industry to 1933, Currency Press (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1999.

Brunswick Records: A Discography of Recordings, 1916–1931, also published as Brunswick Records: A Discography of Recordings Made by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, Its Subsidiaries, and the Subsequent Corporate Entity, four volumes, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2001.

Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia, Currency Press (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 2003.

(With Brian Rust) Discography of OKeh Records, 1918–1934, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2004.

Contributor to Ars Novae Musicae.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Discographies of Australian record labels.