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
> Jewface - Reboot Stereophonic 
> 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 Colombia cuts, it has definitely gotten more challenging to keep up!)
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> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Francesco Martinelli
> Sent: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:20 AM
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> 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:
>> Peace,
>> Paul
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