Stage to Studio: Musicians and the Sound Revolution, 1890-1950 by James P. KraftStage to Studio: Musicians and the Sound Revolution, 1890-1950 by James P. Kraft

Stage to Studio: Musicians and the Sound Revolution, 1890-1950

byJames P. KraftEditorPhilip B. Scranton

Paperback | October 15, 2003

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Between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century, technology transformed the entertainment industry as much as it did such heavy industries as coal and steel. Among those most directly affected were musicians, who had to adapt to successive inventions and refinements in audio technology—from wax cylinders and gramophones to radio and sound films. In this groundbreaking study, James P. Kraft explores the intersection of sound technology, corporate power, and artistic labor during this disruptive period.

Kraft begins in the late nineteenth century's "golden age" of musicians, when demand for skilled instrumentalists often exceeded supply, analyzing the conflicts in concert halls, nightclubs, recording studios, radio stations, and Hollywood studios as musicians began to compete not only against their local counterparts but also against highly skilled workers in national "entertainment factories." Kraft offers an illuminating case study in the impact of technology on industry and society—and a provocative chapter in the cultural history of America.

James P. Kraft is associate professor of history at the University of Hawaii.
Title:Stage to Studio: Musicians and the Sound Revolution, 1890-1950Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2003Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801877423

ISBN - 13:9780801877421

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Combining techniques from social history, labor history, and the history of technology, Kraft weaves together archival material, oral history data, and secondary sources to produce an accessible narrative and a rich analysis.