First Published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Frank Hoffman has authored or co-authored several encyclopedias, including The Encyclopedia of Fads, The Cush Box Country Singles Charts, 1958-1987, Album Charts, 1964-1988, and The Rise of the Crooners. He teaches music and library science at Sam Houston State University. He resides in Huntsville, Texas.
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"Uniformly well written, understandable, and focused... Most comprehensive reference on recorded sound... Highly recommended." -- Library Journal (starred review)
"Filling in the gaps by balancing coverage of all time periods and all recorded sound genres and formats." -- Reference & Research Book News
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