Rex Lawson
The Pianola Institute

The Player-Piano and the Wild West Saloon: Shooting some Bullet Points Through the World of Music Rolls
For most of its life, the player piano has been played, enjoyed, collected, repaired, preserved, transferred to audio, and documented by amateurs, with all the advantages that accrue from amateur dedication, ingenuity and comradeship, but also the disadvantages of uncertain standards of peer review, objectivity, musicianship and technical expertise. At the age of 69, Rex Lawson, director of the Pianola Institute, hopes that he can still encourage tomorrow’s professors, authors and musicians to learn how to detect Fake News in whichever form it appears, be it in ISBN accredited books, scholarly magazines or publicly available online resources.