Clockwise from top left: Mark Spring, Michael Strickland, Terry Lowe, Karrie Keyes
ANAHEIM, CA – NAMM’s Oral History Project, led for 20 years by association historian Dan Del Fiorentino, passed the 3,000 interview mark in 2016 and earlier this year added FRONT of HOUSE publisher and Parnelli Awards executive producer Terry Lowe to the list. NAMM is now also including Parnelli Awards career achievers in its lens, including Karrie Keyes, Mark Spring and Michael Strickland.
Del Fiorentino began this project in March 2000, as the second issue of Lowe’s Pro Lights and Staging News was rolling off the presses (with FOH to follow in 2003). In his own video interview, conducted in June 2018, Del Fiorentino credited NAMM’s board of directors for their commitment to preserving the thoughts and observations of those shaping the music industry “with one-on-one interviews with the people who lived it.”
From the small initial list, which included “manufacturers, some educators, retailers and many people who were pioneers in their particular field,” the list has grown, driven in part by references for additional interview subjects provided by the interviewees themselves.
Now that NAMM’s oral history lens has expanded to include pioneers and innovators in the live event production industry such as Lowe, it made perfect sense to also include the three Parnelli Award recipients that were honored for career achievement this year, including Spring (Lifetime Achievement Award), Strickland (Visionary Award) and Keyes (Audio Innovator Award).
Links to the videos follow:
Mark “Springo” Spring, Parnelli Lifetime Achievement Award:
Michael T. Strickland, Parnelli Visionary Award
Karrie Keyes, Parnelli Audio Innovator Award
As a bonus, there’s also a funny, insightful sit-down interview with our 19th annual ceremony’s host, John Waite (“I Ain’t Missing You At All” / The Babys / Bad English):
And finally, PLSN/FOH publisher and Parnelli co-founder and executive producer Terry Lowe:
Along with edited clips of each interview subject that runs a few minutes in length, the Oral History project also preserves the insights of each of its interview subjects in longer-length video archives, some running close to an hour in length.
For more information, visit www.namm.org.
The original article can be found here: https://fohonline.com/featured/namm-oral-history-project-shines-light-on-parnelli-awards-honorees/
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