America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound (2nd Revised edition)

America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound (2nd Revised edition)

By: Andre Millard (author)Paperback

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With Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph, the beautiful music that was the preserve of the wealthy became a mass-produced consumer good, cheap enough to be available to all. In 1877 Edison dreamed that one day there would be a talking machine in every home. America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound, first published in 2006, provides a history of sound recording 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 updates the story, describing the digital revolution of sound recording with the rise of computers, Napster, DVD, MP3, and iPod.

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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'.


Preface; Introduction; 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.

Product Details

  • publication date: 05/12/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780521542814
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 474
  • ID: 9780521542814
  • weight: 690
  • ISBN10: 0521542812
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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