9780521835152

America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521835152

  • ISBN10:

    0521835151

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-12-05
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

With Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph, the beautiful music that was the preserve of the wealthy became a mass-produced consumer good, cheap enough to be available to all. In 1877 Edison dreamed that one day there would be a talking machine in every home. America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound provides a history of sound recording from the first thin sheet of tinfoil that was manipulated into retaining sound to the home recordings of rappers in the 1980s and the high-tech studios of the 1990s. This book examines the important technical developments of acoustic, electric, and digital sound reproduction while outlining the cultural impact of recorded music and movies. This second edition brings the story up to date, describing the digital revolution of sound recording with the rise of computers, Napster, DVD, MP3, and iPod.

Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition ix
Preface to the first edition xi
Introduction 1(16)
Part One: The acoustic era
1 The inventors
17(20)
2 A phonograph in every home
37(28)
3 The international industry of recorded sound
65(15)
4 The music
80(16)
5 Recorded sound in the Jazz Age
96(19)
Part Two: The electrical era
6 The machines
115(21)
7 Competing technologies
136(22)
8 Empires of sound
158(18)
9 Swing and the mass audience
176(13)
10 High fidelity at last
189(34)
11 Rock'n'roll and the revolution in music
223(21)
12 The record
244(14)
13 The studio
258(27)
14 Perfecting studio recording
285(28)
15 The cassette culture
313(18)
Part Three: The digital era
16 The media conglomerates
331(15)
17 Into the digital era
346(21)
18 Consolidation and connectivity in the digital era
367(42)
Abbreviations used in the notes 409(1)
Notes 410(27)
Select discography 437(3)
Select bibliography 440(7)
Subject index 447(8)
Recordings index 455(2)
Motion picture index 457

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