American Popular Music and Its Business: The First Four by Russell Sanjeck

By Russell Sanjeck

This quantity specializes in advancements within the track enterprise within the 20th century, together with vaudeville, track bins, the connection of Hollywood to the track enterprise, the "fall and upward push" of the list company within the Thirties, new expertise (TV, FM, and the LP checklist) after global battle II, the dominance of rock-and-roll and the large elevate within the track company in the course of the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, and eventually the altering track enterprise scene from 1967 to the current, particularly concerning govt laws, song licensing, and the checklist enterprise.

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Red Seal sales symbolized Victor's prestige in the business, but they never showed a sales ratio of more than 20 percent of the popular black-label product. 5 million six years later, when the total value of American phonograph-record production jumped to 106 million. In 1917, Child signed a contract that remained in force, with modification, until 1940 and brought Victor the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and its dynamic director, Leopold Stokowski. The conductor's acoustic sense and the special sound qualities of a church in Camden, New Jersey, acquired by Child as a studio for large instrumental groups made the Philadelphia's releases Victor's most honored products.

This first record to find a chiefly black audience opened other studios to the new stream of music, which eventually conjoined with a body of white music also from the South to produce the best-selling recorded popular music ever created. " It was by this name that they continued to be known throughout the 1920s, when black Americans bought as many as 10 million blues and black gospel records in a single year, and the 1930s, when those sales slumped with the failing economy. In the more socially aware time that followed, the designation "rhythm and blues" became general.

Vernon, an Englishman, married the American-born Irene in 1911 and took her to Paris, where 26 American Popular Music and Its Business they showed the habitues of the exclusive Cafe de Paris the Texas Tommy, the turkey trot, and other American dances that had apparently moved east from San Francisco's Barbary Coast. The music of Irving Berlin was ideal for these steps, and the Castles introduced both to Europe and the world. The new dances they popularized after their return to New York in 1912 were speedy, simple, and rhythmic, with much shoulder-shaking and armwaving, but they were performed by the Castles with a grace that few of their pupils could ever emulate.

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