Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures

byJacob Smith

Paperback | February 7, 2011

Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures by Jacob Smith
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From the 1940s to the 1970s, the phonograph industry experienced phenomenal growth, both in sales and in cultural influence. Along with hugely popular music recordings, spoken word LPs served a multitude of functions and assumed an important place in the American home. In this book, Jacob Smith surveys a diverse range of spoken word genres-including readings of classic works of literature and drama, comedy albums, children's records, home therapy kits, even erotica-to illuminate this often overlooked aspect of the postwar entertainment industry and American culture. A viable alternative to mainstream broadcasting, records gave their listeners control over what they could hear at home. Smith shows how the savvy industry used spoken word records to develop markets for children, African Americans, women, and others not well served by radio and television.
Jacob Smith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at Northwestern University and is the author of Vocal Tracks: Performance and Sound Media (UC Press).
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Title:Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph CulturesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:276 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:276 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 inPublished:February 7, 2011Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520267044

ISBN - 13:9780520267046

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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