Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures

Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures

by Jacob Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520267036

ISBN-13: 9780520267039

Pub. Date: 02/07/2011

Publisher: University of California Press


From the 1940s to the 1970s, the phonograph industry experienced phenomenal growth, both in sales and in cultural influence. Along with hugely popular music recordings, spoken word LPs served a multitude of functions and assumed an important place in the American home. In this book, Jacob Smith surveys a diverse range of spoken word genres--including readings of…  See more details below

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From the 1940s to the 1970s, the phonograph industry experienced phenomenal growth, both in sales and in cultural influence. Along with hugely popular music recordings, spoken word LPs served a multitude of functions and assumed an important place in the American home. In this book, Jacob Smith surveys a diverse range of spoken word genres--including readings of classic works of literature and drama, comedy albums, children's records, home therapy kits, even erotica--to illuminate this often overlooked aspect of the postwar entertainment industry and American culture. A viable alternative to mainstream broadcasting, records gave their listeners control over what they could hear at home. Smith shows how the savvy industry used spoken word records to develop markets for children, African Americans, women, and others not well served by radio and television.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520267039
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/07/2011
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments


Introduction
1. Turntable Jr.
2. Hi-Fi Midcult
3. 331/ 3 Sexual Revolutions per Minute
4. Mimetic Moments
5. Blind Television
Conclusion

Notes
Further Reading

Index

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