There is no doubt duplication on my list to what's already been suggested, but here's a select bibliography I gave to my class last spring (it was a doctoral seminar on early recordings that I co-taught with Philip Carli). Please forgive that the listserver strips out formatting. It looks much nicer in Word. :-)


MHS590 Bibliography

This is a brief bibliography of books and websites that should prove particularly useful over the course of this semester. 

National Jukebox
Discography of American Historical Recordings
78rpm Record Homepage <n.d.>
Audio Engineering Society Historical Committee. Has numerous links to technical studies of various aspects of sound recordings
Early Recorded Sounds and Wax Cylinders
Edison National Historic Site
Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry
Feaster, Patrick. Phonozoic: Dedicated to the History of the Phonograph and Related Media.
First Sounds
Gracyk, Tim. Tim’s Phonographs & Old Records
The Phonograph Ring
Ashby, Arved Mark. Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. ML3854.A823 A164 2010. Also available as ebook
Bayley, Amanda. Recorded Music: Performance, Culture and Technology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ML3916 .R311 2010
Bijsterveld, Karin, and Dijck, José van. Sound Souvenirs: Audio Technologies, Memory and Cultural Practices. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009. Available as ebook
Burrows, Terry. The Art of Sound: A Visual History for Audiophiles. NY: Thames & Hudson, 2017. ML3790.B972 A784 2017
Carli, Philip Camillo. Synergy in America’s Early Talking Machine Industry: Technological, Commercial, Cultural, and Musical Factors in Band and Orchestral Recordings, 1894-1917. PhD dissertation, Eastman School of Music, 2003. ML95.3 .C282 (also available to download, without supplemental recodings, in ProQuest Dissertations)
Chanan, Michael. Repeated Takes: A Short History of Recording and Its Effects on Music. London: Verso, 1995. ML3790.C454 R42 1995
Cook, Nicholas. The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. ML1055 .C178 2009. Also available as ebook
Day, Timothy. A Century of Recorded Music: Listening to Musical History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000. ML1055.D275 C39 2000
Dearling, Robert & Celia. The Guinness Book of Recorded Sound. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives, 1984. Ref. TK7881.4.D285 G964
Eisenberg, Evan. The Recording Angel: The Experience of Music from Aristotle to Zappa. NY: Penguin Books, 1988. ML1055.E36 R311 1998
Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound, 2nd ed. Ed. Frank Hoffmann. NY: Routledge, 2004. Ref. ML102.S67 E56 2004
Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound in the United States. Ed. Guy A. Marco. NY: Garland Publishing, 1993. Ref. ML102.S67 E56 1993
The first edition of the preceding work. Many entries relating to early recording history and labels were deleted in the 2nd, rendering the first edition still valuable.
Fabrizio, Timothy C. & George F. Paul. Antique Phonograph: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gimmicks. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1999. TS2301.P3 F129 1999
_____. Phonographica: The Early History of Recorded Sound Observed. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2004. TS2301.P3 F129 P57, 2004
_____. The Talking Machine: An Illustrated Compendium, 1877-1929. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 1997. TS2301.P3 F1295 1997
Feaster, Patrick. “Framing the Mechanical Voice: Generic Conventions of Early Phonograph Recording,” Folklore Forum , vol. 32, 2001, pp. 57-102.
_____.Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio, 980-1980. Atlanta, GA: Dust-to-Digital, 2012. Media 1328
Frow, George L. The Edison Disc Phonographs and the Diamond Discs: A History with Illustrations. Sevenoaks, Kent, Great Britain: G.L. Frow, 1982. TS2301.P3 F943 1982
Gaisberg, F. W. The Music Goes Round. NY: Macmillan, 1942. ML1090 .G144m
Gelatt, Roland. The Fabulous Phonograph: From Tin Foil To High Fidelity. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1955. ML1090 .G314
Giovannoni, David, Patrick Feaster, and Anne Thiollier. Éduard-Léon Scott de Martinville, Inventor of Sound Recording: A Bicentennial Tribute. Champaign, IL: Archeophone Records, n.d.
Harvith, John and Susan Edwards Harvith, eds. Edison, Musicians, and the Phonograph: A Century in Retrospect. Contributions to the Study of Music and Dance, no. 11. Westport: Greenwood, 1987. ML394 .E233 1987
Hitchcock, H. Wiley, ed. The Phonograph and Our Musical Life: Proceedings of a Centennial Conference, 7-10 December, 1977. NY: Institute for Studies in American Music, 1980. ML1055.C748 P5 1977
Holmes, John L. Conductors on Record. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1982. ML105.H751 C74
Hoover, Cynthia. Music Machines–American Style: A Catalog of the Exhibition. Washington: National Museum of History and Technology, 1971. ML462.W31 M986 1971 (repr. NY: Drake, 1975. ML462.W31 M986 1975
Horning, Susan Schmidt. Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture & the Art of Studio Recording from Edison to the LP. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. Also available as ebook. 
Katz, Mark. Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music. Rev. ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. ML3790.K19 C254 2010 (CD16666) Also available as ebook.
_____. The Phonograph Effect: The Influence of Recording on Listener, Performer, Composer, 1900-1940. PhD dissertation, University of Michigan, 1999. ML1055.K19 P57 1999a
Kenney, William Howland. Recorded Music in American Life: The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945. NY: Oxford University Press, 1999. ML3477.K365 R31 1999. Available as ebook through ProQuest
Laing, Dave. “A Voice without a Face: Popular Music and the Phonograph in the 1890s,” Popular Music, Vol. 10, no. 1, January 1991, pp. 1-9. Available in JSTOR
The Lindström Project: Contributions to the History of the Record Industry = Beiträge Zur Geschichte Der Schallplattenindustrie. 9 vols to date. Wien: Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger e.V., 2009–. ML2792.C278 L537 2009 (plus additional media)
Linehan, Andy. Aural History: Essays on Recorded Sound. London: British Library, 2001. ML1055 .A927 2001
Listening to the Archive: Sound Data in the Humanities and Sciences. Technology and Culture, special issue, vol. 60, no. 2, supplement, April 2019. Available electronically through Project Muse
Lowe, Jacques, Russell Miller, and Roger Boar. The Incredible Music Machine. London: Quartet/Visual Arts, 1982. ML1055 .M649 I37 1982
Manuel, Peter. Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993. ML3502.I4 M29 1993
Martland, Peter. Recording History: The British Record Industry, 1888-1931. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press, 2013. ML3790.M386 R311 2013
Millard, A. J. America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. ML1055.M645 A51 1995
Milner, Greg. Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music. NY: Faber and Faber, 2009. ML3838.M659 P438 2009
Moore, Jerrold Northrop. A Matter of Records. NY: Taplinger, 1977. ML1055.M822 V889 1977. ML1055.M822 V889 1977 First published in 1976 under the title Voice in Time.
_____. Elgar on Record: The Composer and the Gramophone. London: Oxford University Press, 1974. ML410. E41 M822 E4
Morton, David. Off the Record: The Technology and Culture of Sound Recording in America. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2000. TK7881.4.M889 O32 2000
Osborne, Richard. Vinyl: A History of the Analogue Record. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013. ML3790.O81 V794 2013
Philip, Robert. Early Recordings and Musical Style: Changing Tastes in Instrumental Performance, 1900-1950. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992. ML457.P549 E12 1992
_____. Performing Music in the Age of Recording. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. ML457.P549 P43 2004
Read, Oliver and Welch, Walter L. From Tinfoil to Stereo. Indianapolis: Howard Sams, 1976. (repr. Univ. Press of Florida, 1994). TS2301.P3 W44 1994
Rondeau, René. Tinfoil Phonographs: The Dawn of Recorded Sound. Corte Madera, CA: R. Rondeau, 2001. ML1055.R771 T588 2001
Rothenbujler, Eric W. and John Durham Peters. “Defining Phonography: An Experiment in Theory,” The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 81, no. 2, Summer 1997, pp. 242-64. Available in JSTOR
Steffen, David J. From Edison to Marconi: The First Thirty Years of Recorded Music. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005. ML1055.S817 F931 2005
Sterne, Jonathan. The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003. TK7881.4.S839 A911 2003
Suisman, David. Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009. ML3790.S948 S467 2009 (also available as ebook)
Sutton, Allan. American Record Companies and Producers 1888-1950: An Encyclopedic History. Denver, CO: Mainspring Press, 2018. Ref. ML18.B967 A512 2018
_____. A Phonograph in Every Home: The Evolution of the American Recording Industry, 1900-1919. Denver, CO: Mainspring Press, 2010. ML3790.S967 P574 2010
_____. Recording the ’Thirties: The Evolution of the American Recording Industry, 1930-39. Denver, CO: Mainspring Press, 2011. ML3790.S967 R3111 2011
_____. Recording the ’Twenties: The Evolution of the American Recording Industry, 1920-29. Denver, CO: Mainspring Press, 2008. ML3790.S967 R311 2008
Symes, Colin. Setting the Record Straight: A Material History of Classical Recording. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. ML3790.S986 S495 2004
Thompson, Emily. “Machines, Music, and the Quest for Fidelity: Marketing the Edison Phonograph in America, 1877-1925.” The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 79, no.1, Spring 1995, pp. 131-71.
Wilson, Percy and G. W. Webb. Modern Gramophones and Electrical Reproducers. London: Cassell and Company, 1929. ML1090 .W752
Young, Miriama. Singing the Body Electric: The Human Voice and Sound Technology. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015. ML1380 .Y74 2015

Primary Sources
Andem, James L. A Practical Guide to the Use of the Edison Phonograph. Cincinnati, OH: Krehbiel, 1892.
Berliner, Emile. “The Development of the Talking Machine, Read before the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, May 21, 1913,” in Three Addresses, pp. 32-46.
Edison Phonograph Monthly. Many issues digitized here:
McClure, J. B., ed. Edison and his Inventions. Chicago: Rhodes and McClure, 1879.
Mitchell, Ogilvie. The Talking Machine Industry. London: Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons, [1922].
The Phonograph and How to Use It, Being a Short history of its Invention and Development Containing Also Directions, Helpful Hints and Plain Talks as to Its Care and Use, Etc. N.P.: The National Phonograph Company, 1900.
Proceedings of First Annual Convention of Local Phonograph Companies of the United States, Held at Chicago, May 28 and 29, 1890. Milwaukee, WI: Phonograph Printing Co., 1890.
Talking Machine World (1905-1929). Many issues digitized here: or here:
Taylor, Timothy Dean, Mark Katz, and Tony Grajeda, eds. Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. ML3917.U6 M9877 2012
The Victrola in Americanization. Camden, NJ: Educational Department, Victor Talking Machine Company, 1920.


Most discographies in the library are classed ML156 and are found in the reference stacks.

Farrington, Jim. “Discography,” in Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd ed). NY: Oxford University Press, 2013. Copy also available in Blackboard
Gray, Michael, “Discography: Discipline and Musical Ally,” Music Reference Services Quarterly (2:3/4, 1993), 319-25.
Hall, David, “Discography: A Chronological Survey,” in Modern Music Librarianship: Essays in Honor of Ruth Watanabe (Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1989), pp. 173-84.
Rust, Brian. Brian Rust's Guide to Discography. Westport: Greenwood, 1980. Ref. ML111.5.R971 B849 1980
Arnold, Claude Graveley. The Orchestra on Record, 1896-1926: An Encyclopedia of Orchestral Recordings Made By the Acoustical Process. Westport: Greenwood, 1997. ML156.4.O5 A752 1997 


There have been innumerable journal articles written on the topic. One of the most important journals in the field is the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal (ML1.A84). Another important journal is the International Association of Sound Archives Journal (formerly the Phonographic Bulletin, ML5.I6 P5712). 

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Here are a few late additions to the publications already mentioned, some by members of this list. This bibliography, mainly focused on cultural and social history, was compiled in the early 2000’s; thus, recent and other subject-oriented references might be missing:

Batten, Joe. Joe Batten’s Book. The story of sound recording. Being the memoirs of Joe Batten, recording manager. London: Rockliff, 1956.

Bryant, Erich T. « The Gramophone Society Movement : A History of the gramophone societies in Britain, including their links with public libraries », Queen's University, 1972.

Chanan, Michael. Repeated takes. A short history of recording and its effects on music. London/New York: Verso, 1995.

Day, Timothy. A Century of recorded music. Listening to musical history. New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 2000.

Dearling, Celia, Dearling Robert et al. The Guiness book of recorded sound. Enfield: Guiness Book, 1984.

Edge, Ruth and Leonard Petts. The collector's guide to "His Master's Voice" Nipper souvenirs. E.M.I. Groupe Archive Trust, 1997.

Frith, Simon. « The Making of the British record industry, 1920-1964 » In Impacts and influences, ed. James Curran, 278-290. London:Methuen, 1987.

Gronow, Pekka and Ilpo Saunio. An International History of the Recording Industry. London: Cassell, 1998.

Harvith, John and Susan E. Harvith, ed. Edison, musicians, and the phonograph. A century in retrospect. New York/Westport, CT/London: Greenwood Press, 1987.

Katz, Mark. « Making America more musical through the phonograph, 1900-1930 » American Music 16, n° 4 (1998): 448-475.

Kenney, William Howland Recorded Music in American Life. The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Le Mahieu, D. L. « The Gramophone : recorded music and the cultivated mind in Britain between the wars » Technology and culture 23, n° 3, juillet (1982).

Mackenzie, Compton. My record of music. London: Hutchinson, 1955.

Martland, Peter. Since records began : E.M.I., the first 100 years. London: B.T. Batsford, 1997.

Miller, Russel and Roger Boar. The incredible music machine. London: Quartet, 1982.

Milner, Greg. Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story of Recorded Music.London: Granta, 2009.

Moore, Jerrold Northrop. A voice in time : The gramophone of Fred Gaisberg, 1873-1951. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1976.

Morton, David. Sound recording: the life story of a technology. Johns Hopkins Paperbacks. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

Philip, Robert Early recordings and musical style : changing tastes in instrumental performances : 1900-1950. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Sterne, Jonathan. The Audible Past. Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2003.

Taylor, Timothy D., Mark Katz, and Tony Grajeda, ed. Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

Thompson, Emily. « Machines, music, and the quest for fidelity:Marketing the Edison phonograph in America, 1877-1925 » Musical Quarterly 79, n° 1 (1995): 131-171.


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> Le 7 avr. 2021 à 16:23, Faranda, Matthew <[log in to unmask]> a écrit :
> That would be tremendous! Before posing the question to the list serve I had looked though ARSC's own bibliographies and I spoke with David Sager to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Thank you folks who replied, it is greatly appreciated!
> If anyone is interested, below is my current bibliography. Because I have no idea if any of these authors are a part of this list serve, I will only say that some of these works are more helpful than others. (And if you did write one of these, it was TOTALLY the best one, I'll be in touch.) So please, any other suggestions are more than welcome! Always looking for good liner notes as well.
> General Histories
> Feaster, Patrick - Pictures of Sound
> Gelatt, Roland - The Fabulous Phonograph Millard, Andre - America on 
> Record: A History of Recorded Sound Milner, Greg - Perfecting Sound 
> Forever Morton, David L., Jr. - Sound Recording: The Life Story of a 
> Technology Lowe, Allen - American Pop: from Minstrel to Mojo Lowe, 
> Allen - That Devilin' Tune Schmidt Horning, Susan - Chasing Sound 
> Wald, Elijah - How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll Walsh, Jim - 
> Hobbies articles/LOC archive
> Personalities
> Brooks, Tim - Lost Sounds
> Carter, Marva Griffin - Swing Along (Will Marion Cook) Gracyk, Tim - 
> Popular American Recording Pioneers Shilkret, Nathaniel - Nathaniel 
> Shilkret: Sixty Years in the Music Business Whitburn, Joel - Pop 
> Memories 1890 - 1954 Wilder, Alec - American Popular Song: The Great 
> Innovators 1900-1950
> Minstrelsy
> Abbott, Lynn and Seroff, Doug - Ragged but Right Lott, Eric and 
> Marcus, Greil - Love & Theft Rice, Edward Le Roy - Monarchs of 
> Minstrelsy Sampson, Henry T. - Blacks in Blackface
> Tin Pan Alley/Broadway/Vaudeville
> Cook, Will Marion Cook and Dunbar, Lawrence Paul. Riis, Thomas L., ed. - The Music and Scripts of "In Dahomey"
> Marks, Edward B. - They All Sang
> S.D., Trav. - No Applause Just Throw Money Spitzer, Marian - The 
> Palace
> Music/CDs
> Any and all of Archeophone's releases
> The "Whole Ball of Wax" collection sourced and compiled by Glenn Sage 
> of 
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> In Dahomey - The Cholla Chorale (1994) Music from the New York Stage 
> (4 vol.) Broadway Through the Gramophone (3 vol.) The National Jukebox 
> - "Jukebox Day by Day" - Library of Congress (I have listened to the 
> Day by Day in its entirety twice and counting! Since they've added the 
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> <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Francesco Martinelli
> Sent: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:20 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Books about the acoustic era
> Maybe we could commit to collectively create an updated bibliography on the subject, inclusive of the very useful comments on the different editions?
> I have many of the mentioned texts, including an Italian translation 
> of Gaisberg, but I'm always on the lookout for more, so I'd be happy 
> to help Francesco Martinelli
> Il giorno mer 7 apr 2021 alle ore 01:57 Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> ha scritto:
>> On 4/6/2021 4:11 PM, Faranda, Matthew wrote:
>>> 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!
>> Hi Matthew:
>> Once you've read /Recording the Twentie/s, see if you can find a copy 
>> of Sutton's /A Phonograph in Every home /and his recent work on Race 
>> Records. You might also look up Frederick Gaisberg's /The Music Goes 
>> Round/; he was an A_&R rep for Victor in the early 1900s You should 
>> probably take what he rites with several grains of salt, but it's 
>> still invaluable. You might also check out the memoirs of Harry & Raymond Sooy:
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>> Paul
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