Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures

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Overview


“How quickly we forget! Not so many decades ago, we were all listening to Vaughn Meader’s First Family album, Steve Martin on LP, or Columbia’s I Can Hear It Now. Alas, spoken word records, like so many aspects of phonography, have been relegated to garage sales and footnotes. Finally, thanks to Jacob Smith’s Spoken Word, this important form of entertainment and culture is receiving the attention it so richly deserves.”

—Rick Altman, author of Silent Film Sound

“Jacob Smith’s engaging study of spoken word LPs is as revelatory as it is welcome. No other book has so thoroughly explored a phenomenon that was unique to the 1950s and 1960s, when LPs were the only widely available medium that allowed consumers to enjoy repeated exposure to recorded material.

—Krin Gabbard, author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture

"Smith's work contains historical material that few scholars have studied and many people have never even heard of. ... The grouping of these unique case studies results in new connections to and between various performance styles, materials, and industries."

—Susan Murray, author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars

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Editorial Reviews

Choice - W. W. Demastes

“Recommended.”
Journal Of American History - Jeff Melnick

“A major contribution to a number of scholarly disciplines, including the burgeoning field of sound studies.”
Music Industry Newswire

“A nice blend of well-researched facts and intriguing interpretation.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520267039
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2011
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Jacob Smith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at Northwestern University and is the author of Vocal Tracks: Performance and Sound Media (UC Press).
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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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