Popular American Recording Pioneers : 1895-1925 book cover
1st Edition

Popular American Recording Pioneers

ISBN 9780789012203
Published October 31, 2000 by Routledge
458 Pages

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Book Description

Encounter the trailblazers whose recordings expanded the boundaries of technology and brought “popular” music into America's living rooms!

Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895--1925 (winner of the 2001 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research) covers the lives and careers of over one hundred musical artists who were especially important to the recording industry in its early years. Here are the men and women who brought into American homes the hits of the day--Tin Pan Alley numbers, Broadway show tunes, ragtime, parlor ballads, early jazz, and dance music of all kinds.

Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895--1925 compiles rare information that was scattered in hundreds of record catalogs, hobbyist magazines, newspaper clippings, phonograph trade journals, and other sources. Look no further! This volume is the ultimate resource on the subject!

You will increase your knowledge in these areas:

  • the recording industry's formative years
  • artists’personalities and musical styles
  • popular music history
  • history of recording technology

    Popular American Recording Pioneers: 1895--1925 provides a unique “who's who” approach to popular music history. It is the definitive work on the music that was popular during America's coming of age. No music historian should be without this volume.

Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • How This Project Began
  • What Is Covered in Entries
  • Sources of Information
  • The Beginning of the Recording Industry
  • What Were the Artists Really Like?
  • Record Sales--Not Known Today
  • State of Technology Determining Who Recorded
  • Conditions Under Which Records Were Made
  • Stage Celebrities Versus Professional Recording Artists
  • Advantages to Employing Professional Record Artists
  • The Artists
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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