x 10" quality softcover
280 pages, Illustrated
ISBN # 978-0-9852004-1-1
Charosh is a widely published researcher of historic
sound recordings and nineteenth-century American popular music.
A retired educator, he taught for many years in the Sociology and
Computer Information Science Departments at Brooklyn College.
Berliner’s gramophone was a revolutionary device, a machine
that played flat discs rather than cylinders. Ultimately Berliner’s
concept won out over the cylinder and provided a firm foundation
for the new American recording industry.
advertising boated that it would bring the voices of celebrities
into people’s homes, and recordings were offered by the likes
of “Buffalo Bill” Cody and some early Broadway stars.
Much of the catalog, however, comprised recordings by pioneer studio
performers who left us a fascinating snapshot of American musical
life in the 1890s.
Gramophone Records in America adds substantial data to the
author’s previous edition. Features include:
locations and dates
and alternate versions
and stage credits
- User's Guide
- 24 pages
of rare Berliner ephemera
- Artist and
Gramophone Records is an essential reference for archivists
and advanced collectors, as well as a fascinating book for anyone
interested in nineteenth-century American popular culture.