Edward A. Berlin

Ragtime and Scholarship

Links to Specific Writings

A systematic and analytic survey of ragtime music, of society's responses and reactions to the music, and of the literature about ragtime.
A monograph exploring potential areas for research in ragtime.
Click to learn where to purchase my Ragtime Books.

RAGTIME LINKS

Mike Meddings Monrovia Sound Studio Ragtime—Blues—Hot Piano
This is the platinum of ragtime research sites. Built by Mike Meddings with contributions from a host of dedicated scholars, the site presents an extraordinary collection of source materials on Jelly Roll Morton and related subjects.

Classic Ragtime Piano
A fascinating miscellany about piano ragtime, hosted by Ted Tjaden.

The Rag-Time Ephemeralist
An independent journal of extraordinarily high quality.

Warren Trachtman’s Ragtime MIDI Page.

Warren is involved in developing MIDI files that approach the sound of live pianos. At his best, he’s close.

"Perfessor" Bill Edwards
An enormous, constantly growing site packed with information, resources, essays, and sounds.

The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Foundation
Site of the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri.

Swedish Ragtime Home Page
A large, informative site with an important international perspective.

Bohém Ragtime Jazzband
Site for the Bohém festival of ragtime & early jazz held in Kecskemét, Hungary annually since 1992, and various groups led by Tamás Ittzés. Includes many videos of terrific performances.

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site in St. Louis
A restored Joplin residence that has been fashioned into a museum of the ragtime years.

Parlor Songs. Popular Sheet Music from the 1880s to the 1920s
Great information about sheet music.

Rick Benjamin's Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.
The foremost orchestra that showcases ragtime period orchestrations.

River Raisin Ragtime Review
Another outstanding ragtime orchestra. R4 performs modern orchestrations, as well as those from the period.

BluesTones Music Rolls.
Rob DeLand’s piano roll site, packed with roll information.

Artcraft Music Rolls.
Created by Douglas Henderson, a master of modern interpretive piano rolls, this site is a massive font of information on the different types and styles of mechanical pianos and rolls.

Mechanical Music Digest.
Archives of the MMD listserv and other information.

World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest.
Site for annual five-day contest of pre-1930 vernacular piano styles.

This ragtime sheet music from 1915 has a cover that looks as if it could have come from a comic strip.