Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures

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Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures

Format:  Hardcover,

262 pages

Publisher: Univ of California Pr

Publish Date: Feb 2011

ISBN-13: 9780520267039

ISBN-10: 0520267036

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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.

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Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Publish Date: Feb 2011
ISBN-13: 9780520267039
ISBN-10: 0520267036
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 262
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780520267039

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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.

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