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Selling sounds : the commercial revolution in American music

Selling sounds : the commercial revolution in American music

Author: David Suisman
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
From Tin Pan Alley to grand opera, player-pianos to phonograph records, David Suisman's Selling Sounds explores the rise of music as big business and the creation of a radically new musical culture. Around the turn of the twentieth century, music entrepreneurs laid the foundation for today's vast industry, with new products, technologies, and commercial strategies to incorporate music into the daily rhythm of modern  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Suisman
ISBN: 9780674033375 067403337X 9780674064041 0674064046 9780674054684 0674054687
OCLC Number: 261175260
Awards: Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award, 2010.
Description: 356 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: When songs became a business --
Making hits --
Music without musicians --
The traffic in voices --
Musical properties --
Perfect pitch --
The black swan --
The musical soundscape of modernity.
Responsibility: David Suisman.


Covers the origins of the culture industry in music and chronicles how music ignited an auditory explosion that penetrated all aspects of society. This book maps the growth of the music business  Read more...


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Virgin's music emporium will soon become a thing of the past: Like so many other retail music stores of late, it has announced that it is going out of business. The story of Selling Sounds, then, is Read more...

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