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Stage to Studio : Musicians and the Sound Revolution, 1890-1950 - James P. Kraft

Stage to Studio

Musicians and the Sound Revolution, 1890-1950


Published: 15th October 2003
For Ages: 22+ years old
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Between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth century, technology transformed the entertainment industry as much as it did such heavy industries as coal and steel. Among those most directly affected were musicians, who had to adapt to successive inventions and refinements in audio technology -- from wax cylinders and gramophones to radio and sound films. In this groundbreaking study, James P. Kraft explores the intersection of sound technology, corporate power, and artistic labor during this disruptive period.

Kraft begins in the late nineteenth century's "golden age" of musicians, when demand for skilled instrumentalists often exceeded supply, analyzing the conflicts in concert halls, nightclubs, recording studios, radio stations, and Hollywood studios as musicians began to compete not only against their local counterparts but also against highly skilled workers in national "entertainment factories." Kraft offers an illuminating case study in the impact of technology on industry and society -- and a provocative chapter in the cultural history of America.

Historians might not have answers to the questions of technology displacing and deskilling workers, but they can lay out the facts and be sympathetic to the victims. This Kraft has done. He writes clearly and without bias, [and] has an understanding of his subjects that comes from his own background as a musician. -- Andre Millard * American Historical Review * In Stage to Studio, James Kraft presents a concise, well-researched, and well-written historical account of the actions and reactions of unionized musicians as they faced new technologies and changing conditions of labor in early twentieth-century America... an important contribution to the literature on organized workers in America. -- Emily Thompson * Technology and Culture * Combining techniques from social history, labor history, and the history of technology, Kraft weaves together archival material, oral history data, and secondary sources to produce an accessible narrative and a rich analysis. -- Harris M. Berger * Antenna *

Introductionp. 1
Working Scales in Industrial Americap. 7
Boom and Bust in Early Movie Theatersp. 33
Encountering Records and Radiop. 59
Playing in Hollywood between the Warsp. 88
Rising Militancyp. 107
Recording Banp. 137
Balancing Success and Failurep. 162
Conclusionp. 193
Appendix: AFM Membership, 1896-1956p. 203
Notesp. 205
Essay on Sourcesp. 243
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780801877421
ISBN-10: 0801877423
Series: Studies in Industry and Society
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 15th October 2003
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43