In this Book
- Making Easy Listening: Material Culture and Postwar American Recording
- Published by: University of Minnesota Press
- Series: Commerce and Mass Culture
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Making Easy Listening presents a social and cultural history of the contentious, diverse, and experimental culture of musical production and enjoyment that aims to understand how recording technologies fit into and influence musicians’, as well as listeners’, lives. With attention to the details of what it means to play a particular record in a distinct cultural context, Anderson connects neglected genres of the musical canon—classical and easy listening music, Broadway musicals, and sound effects records—with the development of sound aesthetics and technical music practices that leave an indelible imprint on individuals. Tracing the countless impacts that this period of innovation exacted on the mass media, Anderson reveals how an examination of this historical era—and recorded music as an object—furthers a deeper understanding of the present-day American music industry.
Tim J. Anderson is assistant professor of communication at Denison University.
Table of Contents
- Part I. Managing the Recording Process and Rethinking the Recording Bans
- pp. 1-2
- Part II. Production, Reproduction, and the Case of My Fair Lady
- pp. 49-50
- Part III. Stereo, Hi-Fi, and the Modern Pleasures of Easy Listening
- pp. 103-104