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America on Record
A History of Recorded Sound

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: December 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521542814

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  • 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

    • Was the only book available which provides a history of sound recording from the acoustic phonograph to digital sound technology
    • Provides insight into the technical and economic factors behind the production of popular music and movies
    • Covers all major innovations of the digital era: hard drives, MP3, CD burners, DVD, Napster, iPod, etc.
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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

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521542814
    • length: 474 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.643kg
    • contains: 51 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Acoustic Era:
    1. The inventors
    2. A phonograph in every home
    3. The international industry of recorded sound
    4. The music
    5. Recorded sound in the Jazz Age
    Part II. The Electrical Era:
    6. The machines
    7. Competing technologies
    8. Empires of sound
    9. Swing and the mass audience
    10. High fidelity at last
    11. Rock'n'roll and the revolution in music
    12. The record
    13. The studio
    14. Perfecting studio recording
    15. The cassette culture
    Part III. The Digital Era:
    16. The media conglomerates
    17. Into the digital era
    18. Consolidation and connectivity in the digital era.

  • Author

    Andre Millard, University of Alabama, Birmingham
    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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