Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money

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Da Capo Press, Jun 16, 2009 - Music - 336 pages
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Playback is the first book to place the fascinating history of sound reproduction within its larger social, economic, and cultural context-and includes appearances by everyone from Thomas Edison to Enrico Caruso to Dick Clark to Grandmaster Flash to Napster CEO Shawn Fanning. In a narrative that begins with Edison's cylinder and ends with digital music, the ubiquitous iPod, and the file-sharing wars, this is a history we have all experienced in one way or another. From the Victrola, the 78, the 45, and the 33 1/3 to the 8-track, cassette, compact disc, DAT, and MP3, the story of Playback is also the story of music, and the music business in the twentieth century and beyond.
 

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Coleman, a New York City-based journalist, chronicles the history of the recording industry from its inception to the present. In nine chronological chapters-each with a fanciful title, such as ... Read full review

Contents

Magic in a Tin
1
War on Canned Music
29
Low Road to High Fidelity
51
Ponytail Ribbons Popsicles
71
Dreaming in Stereo
93
Last Dance
108
Adventures on Wheels of Steel
135
Sudden Death of the Record
155
Canned Musics Last Stand
177
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Mark Coleman is a journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, Details, New York Newsday, the Village Voice, and Mojo, among others. He was a contributor to The Rolling Stone Album Guide and lives in New York City.

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