Excavated shellac

This week the Guardian published an album review of Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World’s Music (1907-1967), a collection that “highlights music that is often invisible in today’s world - the incredible world of global recordings that aren’t jazz, blues, country, rock ‘n roll, R&B, or ‘classical.’”

The review includes an interview with the collector behind the album, Jonathan Ward, who’s described as “a Los Angeles-based ‘metadata tsar’ who works in the field of museum documentation”. Ward is an editor of the Getty Vocabularies, one of the most important sources of metadata for cultural heritage.