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2019 ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded-Sound Research:

ISBN # 978-0-9973333-3-6
Library of Congress Control # 2018960581

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American Record Companies
and Producers
1888 - 1950

An Encyclopedic History

By Allan Sutton
ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

More than 1,120 detailed, carefully documented entries cover the record companies, independent studios, and individual producers -- and the thousands of disc and cylinder brands they produced for the commercial market (including consumer, jukebox, and subscription labels) -- from the birth of commercial recording to the start of the LP era.

A directory section preceeding each entry includes company founding, record-production, and closing dates; office, studio, and pressing-plant addresses, with dates of operation; original-master sources; foreign affiliations; and a listing of all commercial labels and other record products.

The volume also includes an introductory history of the American recording industry from the 1880s through 1950; user's guide; company timelines and genealogical charts; glossary; extensive references (largely primary-source); and label and subject indexes.

760 pages / 7" x 10" full-cloth hardcover
Heavy-duty sewn library binding

Special Limited Edition

"A mighty fortress is this book - and it guards an accumulation of knowledge of unparalleled proportions."

- Tim Fabrizio, ARSC Journal

"Clearly a labor of love, and obviously something that took years to compile. American Record
Companies and Producers will forever be the ultimate resource..."

- John R. Bolig, author of Caruso Records and The Victor Discographies

"I am in awe of the scope, breadth, detail and documentation."
- James A. Drake, author of Ponselle: A Singer's Life and Richard Tucker: A Biography


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