The Recording Angel: Music, Records and Culture from Aristotle to Zappa, Second Edition / Edition 2

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First published in 1987 and now considered a classic, The Recording Angel charts the ways in which the phonograph and its cousins have transformed our culture. In a new Afterword, Evan Eisenberg shows how digital technology, file trading, and other recent developments are accelerating—or reversing—these trends. Influential and provocative, The Recording Angel is required reading for anyone who cares about the effect recording has had—and will have—on our experience of music.

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Editorial Reviews

“Witty, perceptive, informed, and dazzlingly allusive.”—David Hamilton, Nation

— David Hamilton

From the Publisher
Praise for the first edition:“Witty, perceptive, informed, and dazzlingly allusive.”—David Hamilton, The Nation

“[The Recording Angel] throws out one arresting idea after another.”—Timothy Day, author of A Century of Recorded Music

“An excellent work... Eisenberg explores so much uncharted territory... Long overdue.” —Michael Kimmelman, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Garry Giddins
“A marvelous book, unlike any other.”—Garry Giddins
Geoffrey O'Brien
“A work of great originality and constantly stimulating argument.”—Geoffrey O’Brien
Nation - David Hamilton
“Witty, perceptive, informed, and dazzlingly allusive.”—David Hamilton, Nation
Geoffrey O’Brien
“A work of great originality and constantly stimulating argument.”—Geoffrey O’Brien
Library Journal
Eisenberg updates his 1987 original, which traced the influence of the phonograph and recorded music on culture, to include digital technology and file trading. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300099041
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2005
  • Edition description: Expanded Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 841,864
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Evan Eisenberg’s writings on music, culture, and technology have appeared in The New Republic, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, The Nation, and other periodicals. His most recent book is The Ecology of Eden.

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Table of Contents

1 Clarence 1
2 Music becomes a thing 9
3 Tomas 29
4 Ceremonies of a solitary 35
5 The social record 57
6 The Cyrano machine 71
7 Glenn Gould 82
8 Phonography 89
9 Nina 132
10 Canned catharsis 144
11 Saul 172
12 Deus ex machina 186
Afterword to the Italian edition (1996) 211
Finale quasi una fantasia (2004) 217
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