A BRIEF HISTORY OF MAZAMA BOOKS
Mazama Books was first envisioned as an outlet for books on
the history and catalog of A&M Records. Publisher Randy Kosht
had been working on a discography of his favorite record company
for over a decade, and Mazama would issue the work when it was
However, the first Mazama title would not be music-related, but
a collection of cartoons. “Clara O’Hara’s Greatest Hits” was issued
in the summer of 1980. It was actually the third magazine-length
collection of Kosht cartoons, and included material from his earlier
works, “Super Pickel Magazine” and “Ron & Clara Magazine” (all
three are out of print).
In 1986, the third edition of A&M Records: The Discography was
the first to bear the Mazama imprint. It was distributed to A&M’s
executives and friends, and sent to the Library of Congress. Eventually,
several libraries in the U.S. and Canada showed interest in the
title, and it was a key part of the research material used by
A&M Records for their 25th anniversary planning.
To date, the A&M books (there have been two more editions of
the Discography completed, and another in the works) are the best-known
of Mazama’s titles.