Dan Worrall Posted December 10, 2013 Share Posted December 10, 2013 (edited) Dan-- Is PICA still active? The ICA web site doesn't seem to show evidence of publication since 2008: http://www.concertina.org/papers-of-the-international-concertina-association-pica . Hmmm. There is already quite a good review service operated by the ICA, via the annual Papers of the International Concertina Association journal.....quite a nice publication, edited by Prof Allan Atlas at CUNY. Roger Digby heads the reviews, and either personally reviews new CDs and books or assigns a qualified reviewer. They are good, objective and thorough reviews, as a rule, although not all or even a majority of new concertina CDs get reviewed, by any means - but significant ones tend to be. I recommend that all new authors send the ICA, via Roger or Allan, a copy of their work to be reviewed. All my various books and CDRoms have been reviewed there. That is a membership journal, of course. Are you a member? Consider joining and supporting their effort; it is the only scholarly journal for our instrument. Other than that, I'd say I always consider the source in reviews. In a website where most people are nameless, one never knows who is speaking about a work, and what their background and experience level is. I personally find the PICA approach, of having a designated reviews editor who works at his craft, generally more credible and useful than the anonymous wild west of the internet, but to each his own. Daniel, Yes it is still in print; I received my 2013 PICA a few months ago. It is just the process of posting the old issues to the ICA site that seems to be inactive. My recommendation to all: support the ICA and get their publications. As far as the other comment from another poster that beginners shouldn't have to pay for a private journal to get their reviews....sure, but you get what you pay for. You have already paid handsomely for an instrument, and seem ready to pay for (sight unseen) tutors. There is simply no comparison between a properly researched review in a journal, written by an experienced player with some sort of recognized background in music or traditional music, and an anonymous two sentence long post by someone who a newbie, seeking information, won't know....the erstwhile reviewer could be yet another complete newbie, writing in his/her pajamas. It is fun to read these, and the best of them are indeed very useful at times, but they rarely are anywhere near as fully informative as those in PICA. Edited December 10, 2013 by Dan Worrall Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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