360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story

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For 125 years, Columbia Records has remained one of the most vibrant and storied names in prerecorded sound, nurturing the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more. Written by distinguished historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound tells the story of the label's rich history as it interweaves threads of technical and social change with the creation of some of the greatest albums ever made. Featuring over 300 ...

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Overview

For 125 years, Columbia Records has remained one of the most vibrant and storied names in prerecorded sound, nurturing the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more. Written by distinguished historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound tells the story of the label's rich history as it interweaves threads of technical and social change with the creation of some of the greatest albums ever made. Featuring over 300 rare and revealing images from the Columbia archives, this lavishly illustrated celebration is a must-have for any serious music fan.

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The New York Times Book Review
Judged as a coffee-table book, 360 Sound…is an unqualified success. It looks great, it's smartly designed and it's filled with beautiful pictures.
—Peter Keepnews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452107561
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/14/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 478,857
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Wilentz is a preeminent historian whose work spans music, politics, and the arts. His writing has won numerous awards and has been nominated for a Grammy. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2015

    Fascinating look back on a great record label

    Have always been fascinated by the history of media companies, and Columbia Records is no exception. Having read "The Label" some years back but feeling a bit disappointed at no good, juicy stuff inside and having enjoyed the companion book to Sony's own "Soundtrack to the Century" box set, this was a great book to finish the trio on the history of the label with some fascinating tidbits (loved reading the story on the creation of the original Columbia artwork, although I would still like to know how the various colors were chosen for the divisions and just what the black triangle on Sony's CDs meant). The illustrations were beautiful and the stories about the technical advances fascinating. A great read!

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