Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music

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Harvard University Press, May 7, 2012 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
From Tin Pan Alley to grand opera, player-pianos to phonograph records, David Suisman explores the rise of music as big business and the creation of a radically new musical culture. Provocative, original, and lucidly written, Selling Sounds reveals the commercial architecture of America’s musical life.
 

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This is a truly excellent book, seamlessly melding technological, social, and marketing histories, tracing the path that the music industry followed in the twentieth century, marking both the dynamism ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 When Songs Became a Business
18
2 Making Hits
56
3 Music without Musicians
90
4 The Traffic in Voices
125
5 Musical Properties
150
6 Perfect Pitch
178
7 The Black Swan
204
8 The Musical Soundscape of Modernity
240
Epilogue
273
Abbreviations in Notes
287
Notes
289
Acknowledgments
339
Index
343
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David Suisman is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Delaware .

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