The authors of From Tin Foil to Stereo are Oliver Reed and Walter Welch, published by Howard W. Sams. Finding a copy of the paperback reprint that doesn’t have many pages falling out might be difficult - look for a hard-cover edition. Roland Gelatt's book is The Fabulous Phonograph, published by MacMillan (the original hard-cover edition was Cassell in London).
Some of the research in both books is now dated, but they are still worthwhile. Gelatt is more general and a good read. Reed and Welch is much more detailed and pretty dense. There are copies of both on eBay.
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There were a couple of books which came out in the 60s ...From Tin foil to stereo. Welch and first one by Gallatt(?) Both useful. At one point I created a bibliography of recorded sound but since, lost it. There are some useful items listed in Music and Reference MATERIALS by Duckles and others with newer editions
On Tue, Apr 6, 2021, 2:23 PM Faranda, Matthew <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hey folks,
> I'm still brand new to the list so apologies if something like this
> has been asked before. I am currently researching American pop music
> of the acoustic era and I've found that in general histories of
> recorded sound, the acoustic era is often treated as a footnote to
> everything that came after it. For those who focus on that period,
> could you please recommend what your indispensable list of books about
> recording production and history during the acoustic era are?
> (Meaning not straight discogs or catalogs, per se.) I'm looking for
> info more about the production side rather than the recording
> personalities (although there is of course overlap in many cases.) I
> am a classically trained musician with a background in music history
> (albeit medieval studies) so please don't be afraid to suggest more technical works. Thanks so much in advance!
> P.S. If there is anyone with a copy of "Recording the Twenties" by
> Allan Sutton they'd be willing to part with, I really would like to
> read it but can't seem to get my hands on a copy!
> Kind Regards,
> Matthew Faranda
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