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

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 2nd 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published 2004)
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After reading this book, a friend recommended to me a more recent book on the same subject: Perfecting Sound Forever, by Greg Milner. I was shocked by how much better the Milner book is. Milner is a much better writer and thinker; his subject matter is treated more thoroughly, while also including very interesting asides.

My advice is, don't even bother with Playback. Go right to reading Perfecting Sound Forever. If you want more information on this subject area, you can then try the Playback boo
Stuart Spitalnic
Good if you're interested in history of recorded music. Could have used another edit - some pretty big factual errors and ridiculous mistakes sprinkled about, my favorite being his calling the company that makes ipods 'MacIntosh'
Not a bad history of recording/playback points it's painfully obvious it was written nearly a decade ago...perhaps a revision is in order?
Sep 13, 2007 Darren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Music Industry Students
I use this as a text in my History of the Music Industry class. That pretty much says it all!
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