America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound / Edition 2

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Overview

In 1877 Thomas Edison dreamed that one day there would be a talking machine in every home, but even his legendary vision could not have foreseen the way that recorded sound would pervade modern life. 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 highlights the digital revolution of sound recording. First Edition Hb (1995) 0-521-47544-9 First Edition Pb (1995) 0-521-47556-2
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"...[a] fine nontechnical, general introduction to the development of recorded sound...Recommended for public and academic libraries at all levels." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521542814
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 474
  • Sales rank: 910,526
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Andre Millard is Director of American Studies and Professor of History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of Edison and the Business of Innovation and a contributor to National Public Radio's 'Lost and Found Sound'.
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Table of Contents

1 The inventors 17
2 A phonograph in every home 37
3 The international industry of recorded sound 65
4 The music 80
5 Recorded sound in the jazz age 96
6 The machines 115
7 Competing technologies 136
8 Empires of sound 158
9 Swing and the mass audience 176
10 High fidelity at last 189
11 Rock'n'roll and the revolution in music 223
12 The record 244
13 The studio 258
14 Perfecting studio recording 285
15 The cassette culture 313
16 The media conglomerates 331
17 Into the digital era 346
18 Consolidation and connectivity in the digital era 367
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