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Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919 (Music in American Life) Paperback – Illustrated, September 25, 2005

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Editorial Reviews


"An act of cultural reclamation--the great lost heroes of black performance."--New York Times

"Brooks brings both passion and compassion to the story of the black pioneers who worked as performers and entrepreneurs in the nascent U.S. recording industry."--Business History Review

"The authors are ardent scholars . . . the thorough bibliography demonstrates the scope and intensity of the research. This is a welcome contribution to the literature on the African American story, primarily in music but in other disciplines as well."--Choice

"A monumental achievement in research and sheds light on overlooked aspects of turn-of-the-century popular culture."--Technology and Culture

"Brooks has uncovered a wealth of fascinating detail about the record business, its artists, and the range of music they recorded 100 years ago. This engaging work of thorough scholarship is essential reading for anyone interested in the birth of commercial recording and African American music in the early part of the 20th century."--Samuel Brylawski, Head, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress

"Tim Brooks has drawn on a staggering array of primary sources to create this wonderful compendium of information. Lost Sounds makes a significant contribution to the field."--Norm Cohen, author of Traditional Anglo-American Folk Music: An Annotated Discography of Published Recordings

"Lost Sounds is a thrilling book; it is rare to encounter a work of this length that supplies so much new information, causing us to reevaluate and reinterpret our understanding of American music and social history."--Current Musicology

About the Author

Tim Brooks is Executive Vice President of Research at Lifetime Television. He is the author of Little Wonder Records: A History and Discography and other books, as well as past president of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. Dick Spottswood is a freelance author, broadcaster, and record producer. He is the author of the seven-volume reference work, Ethnic Music on Records.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 2.73 pounds
  • Paperback : 634 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 025207307X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0252073076
  • Product Dimensions : 10.24 x 6.98 x 1.91 inches
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press; Illustrated Edition (September 25, 2005)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    5.0 out of 5 stars 11 ratings