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Into the groove : the story of sound from tin foil to vinyl / Jonathan Scott.


The story of recorded sound - the technological developments, the people that made them happen and the impact they had on society - from the earliest inventions via the phonograph to LPs, EPs and the recent resurgence of vinyl. While Thomas Edison's phonograph, the first device that could both record and reproduce sound, represented an important turning point in the story of recorded sound, it was really only the tip of the iceberg, and came after decades of invention, tinkering and experiment. Into the Groove tells the story of the birth of recorded sound, from the earliest serious attempts in the 1850s all the way up to the vinyl resurgence we're currently enjoying. This book celebrates the ingenuity, rivalries and science of the modulated groove. Vinyl collector and music buff Jonathan Scott dissects a mind-blowing feat that we all take for granted today - the domestication of sound. He examines the first attempts to record and reproduce sounds, the origin of the phonograph, and the development of commercial shellac discs. Later he moves through the fascinating story of the LP record, from the rise of electric recording to the fall of 7-inch vinyl, the competing speed and format wars, and an epilogue that takes the story up to the present-day return of vinyl to vogue. Into the Groove is the story of the science of sound - the technological developments, the humans that made them happen and the impact they had on society. It uncovers tales of intrigue and betrayal, court battles and lesser-known names who are often left out of most histories. Read this book, and find a new appreciation of the not-so-simple black disc that holds a special place in the history of music and sound.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781472979827
  • ISBN: 1472979826
  • Physical Description: 320 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: London, UK ; Bloomsbury Sigma, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The end -- The beginning -- Oddballs -- Telegraphs and telephones -- The barb of a feather -- The first phonograph -- Fade away -- The Volta Lab -- Edison returns -- Performers and producers -- Crossing continents -- Berliner, Johnson, Seaman and Jones -- Coin slots and record shops -- Tubes and tone tests -- Studios, scouts, and engineers -- The electrical era -- The coming of the 33 -- The long players -- The speed wars -- Shows, soundtracks, and sleeves -- Stereo and magnetic tape -- Discos and curios -- Revolutions in space.
Subject: Sound recordings > History.
Sound > Recording and reproducing > History.
Sound recording industry > History.
Sound > Recording and reproducing.
Sound recording industry.
Sound recordings.
Genre: History.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Skagit Evergreen Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at La Conner Swinomish Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at La Conner Regional Library.


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La Conner Regional Library 780.26 SCOTT 112812 NON FICTION Available -

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