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Recording Technology History Sources and Readings
Sources and Suggested Readings
Braun, Ernest and Stuart Macdonald. Revolution in Miniature: the History and Impact of Semiconductor Electronics. NY: Cambridge Uuniversity Press, 1978.
Brooks, Tim and Brian A. L. Rust. The Columbia Master Book Discography, 4 vols. New York: Greenwood, 1999. 2128 pages, $395.00, catalogs all Columbia discs 1901-1934 made in the U.S. and includes a history of the Columbia Phonograph Company to 1934.
Brylawski, Samuel. "Armed Forces Radio Service; The Invisible Highway Abroad" in Iris Newsom, ed., Wonderful Inventions; Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound at the Library of Congress. Washington, 1985.
Burns, R. W. Television: An International History of the Formative Years. IEE history of technology series, 1999, is "a balanced and thorough history of television to 1940."
Campbell-Kelly, Martin and William Aspray. Computer: a history of the information machine. New York: Basic Books, 1996. 342 p, is one of teh best one-volume narrative histories of the computer from its 19th century origins to the 1980s, but not the recent era of the Information Age and Internet.
Camras, Marvin, ed.. Magnetic Tape Recording. New York, 1985.
Chase, Gilbert. America's Music, from the Pilgrims to the Present. New York, 1955, 1966, 3rd edition 1988 includes a discographical essay by William Brooks, revised edition 1992. This book has long been a standard history of American music.
Eberly, Phil. Music In the Air: America's Changing Tastes in Popular Music, 1920-1980. New York, 1982, is good history of popular music on radio.
Clark, Ronald W. Edison, the Man Who Made the Future. NY: Putnam's, 1977.
Edison, Thomas A. The Papers of Thomas A. Edison. v. 1. The making of an inventor, February 1847-June 1873 -- v. 2. From workshop to laboratory, June 1873-March 1876 -- v. 3. Menlo Park: the early years, April 1876-December 1877 -- v. 4. The Wizard of Menlo Park, 1878. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989-1998. Thomas A. Edison Papers web page at Rutgers University
Freedland, Michael. Bing Crosby: The Illustrated Biography. London: Andre Deutsch Ltd, 1999, is another b
Frow, George. The Edison Disc Phonographs and the Diamond Discs: a History with Illustrations. Great Britain, 1982.
Gillett, Charlie. Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock n Roll. New York, 1970, Dell paperback 1972, explains rock as a product of urban culture.
Goldmark, Peter C. Maverick Inventor: My Turbulent Years at CBS. NY: Saturday Review Press, 1973.
Hugill, Peter J. Global Communications since 1844: geopolitics and technology. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. 277 p. emphasizes geopolitics more than technology.
Hurst, Jack. Grand Ole Opry. New York, 197,. is mostly a picture book but explains the importance of country music.
Israel, Paul. Edison: a Life of Invention. New York: John Wiley, 1998. 552 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 473-531) and index, is a reliable biography by the managing editor of the book edition of the Edison papers project.
Jehl, Francis. Reminiscences. Edison Institute, 1936.
Josephson, Matthew. Edison, A Biography. New York, 1959. is a classic study of Edison as inventor and industrialist.
Kennedy, Rick. Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy: Gennett Studios and the Birth of Recorded Jazz. Indiana University Press, 1994, is one of the few studies of an early recording studio.
Koenigsberg, Allen. The Patent History of the Phonograph,1877-1912.Brooklyn, NY: APM Press, 1990, with introduction by Ray Wile, lists 2,118 patents and 1,013 inventors and 101 illustrations, and Edison Cylinder Records, 1889-1912, with an Illustrated History of the Phonograph. New York, 1969, both available from allenamet
Lyons, Nick. The Sony Vision. New York: Crown Publishers, 1976.
Marlow, Eugene and Eugene Secunda. Shifting Time and Space: the Story of Videotape. New York: Praeger, 1991.
Marty, Daniel (translation by Douglas Tubbs). The Illustrated History of Phonographs. New York, 1981.
Millard, A. J. America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Morita, Akio with Edwin M. Reingold and Mitsuko Shimomura. Made in Japan: Akio Morita and Sony. New York: Dutton, 1986.
Mullin, John T. "Creating the Craft of Tape Recording" in High Fidelity, April, 1976.
Nmungwun, Aaron Foisi. Video Recording Technology: its impact on media and home entertainment. Hillsdale, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates, 1989.
Osterholm, J. Roger. Bing Crosby: a Bio-Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1994.
Phillips, Ray. Edison's Kinetoscope and its Films: a history to 1896. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. 209 pages. Includes "Index of Edison Kinetoscope films, 1892-1896"
Pugh, Emerson W. Building IBM : Shaping an Industry and Its Technology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1995.
Read, Oliver and Walter Welch. From Tin Foil to Stereo: Evolution of the Phonograph. Indianapolis, 1959, 2nd edition 1976, is one of the most detailed histories of the phonograph.
Ryan, Milo. History in Sound: A Descriptive Listing of the KIRO-CBS Collection of Broadcasts of the World War II Years and After in the Phonoarchive of the University of Washington, Seattle, 1963.
Schiffer, Michael B. The Portable Radio in American Life. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1991, lacks notes but argues persuasively that the portable radio was a U.S. innovation from the 1920's, not a Japanese invention.
Shepherd, Don. Bing Crosby: The Hollow Man. New York, 198,. is a critical biography of the first crooner.
Shiers, George and May Shiers,compilers. Early Television: A Bibliographic Guide to 1940. Garland Reference Library of Social Science number 582 published November,1996, for $115, is an expensive but comprehensive bibliography for television history started by George Shiers and completed by Christopher Stering and Elliot Sivowitch.
Smart, James. A Wonderful Invention: A Brief History of the Phonograph from Tinfoil to the LP: an Exhibition in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Invention of the Phonograph. Washington: Library of Congress, 1977.
Sobel, Robert. I.B.M., Colossus in Transition. New York: Times Books, 1981.
Th-berge, Paul. Any Sound You Can Imagine: making music/consuming technology. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England for Wesleyan University Press, 1999. 293 pages, on electronic musical instruments and computer sound processing.
Vanderbilt, Byron M. Thomas Edison, Chemist. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, 1971.
Watson, Thomas J. and Peter Petre. Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond. New York: Bantam Books, 1990.
Welch, Walter L. and Leah B. S. Burt. From Tinfoil to Stereo: the Acoustic Years of the Recording Industry, 1877-1929. University Press of Florida, 1994.
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