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Recorded Music in American Life – The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Recorded Music in American Life: The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945

William Howland Kenney


Have records, compact discs, and other sound reproduction equipment merely provided American listeners with pleasant diversions, or have more important historical and cultural influences flowed through them? Do recording machines simply capture what's already out there, or is the music somehow transformed in the dual process of documentation and dissemination? How would our lives be different without these machines? Such are the questions that arise when we stop taking for granted the phenomenon of recorded music and the phonograph itself. This book is in-depth cultural history of the phonogra ... More

Keywords: records, compact discs, sound reproduction equipment, recording machines, documentation, dissemination, recorded music, phonograph, record industry, independent labels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195171778
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Howland Kenney, author
Kent State University