Folkways Records: Moses Asch and His Encyclopedia of Sound

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Music - 237 pages
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In 1949, immigrant recording engineer Moses Asch embarked on a lifelong project: documenting the world of sound produced by mankind, via a small record label called Folkways Records. By the time of his death in 1986, he had amassed an archive of over 2,200 LPs and thousands of hours of tapes; so valuable was this collection that it was purchased by the Smithsonian Institute. Folkways Records is an account of how he built this business, working against all odds, to create a landmark in the history of American music.
 

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Contents

Early Influences
7
Beginnings
17
Broadening the Mandate
41
The Birth of Folkways Records
61
The Business of Making Records
77
Finances
125
Easing the Burden
159
The Sale of Folkways
177
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Tony Olmstead is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has presented several papers on the music business, and is the recipient of several academic awards and fellowships.

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