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45 RPM : The History, Heroes and Villains of a Pop Music Revolution - Jim Dawson

45 RPM

The History, Heroes and Villains of a Pop Music Revolution

Paperback Published: 1st October 2003
ISBN: 9780879307578
Number Of Pages: 176

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BookIn the 1950s and '60s, those shiny 45-rpm records with the big hole in the middle were the primary delivery system for popular American music, especially rock 'n' roll. Cheap to manufacture and available to even fly-by-night record operations, the "donut disc" changed the way popular music was written, recorded, promoted and marketed, and it broke at least for a time the iron-fisted dominance of the major record corporations. This book traces the 7-inch single's origins back to the 1880s, and explains the personality conflicts that led an eccentric genius to develop the 45 into one of postwar America's most popular consumer products. It explores how the jukebox, the autonomous disc jockey, and payola and artist rip-offs kept the 45 at the forefront of rock for 20 years. There are also chapters on the most valuable (and legendary) 45s of all time, as well as the oddities, oddballs and freak hits that make listening to 45s so much fun. With over 80 illustrations many in full color.

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Introductionp. 5
Record Revolutionsp. 7
Columbia Unveils the LPp. 9
Getting Up to Speedp. 16
The Battle of the Speedsp. 24
The Kiddie Discsp. 32
The Jukebox Saves the Dayp. 35
The 45 Takes Over!p. 41
The EPp. 46
The Record Sleevep. 57
Hot Biscuits (How to Make a 45)p. 72
"Stormy Weather": The Most Legendary 45p. 77
A-Sides, Free Rides & Killer B'sp. 97
The 7-Inch Alternativesp. 110
The 12-Inch Singlep. 116
The End of the Singlep. 122
The 45 Will Rise Again!p. 127
The 50 Most Expensive 45sp. 134
Odd Lots, Odd Balls & Odds 'n' Endsp. 150
Sourcesp. 166
Acknowledgmentsp. 169
About the Authorsp. 170
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780879307578
ISBN-10: 0879307579
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st October 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 18.42  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36