The Recording Angel: Explorations in Phonography

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First published in 1987, Evan Eisenberg's The Recording Angel has been translated into several languages and is now considered a classic by those with an interest in the intersection of music and technology. Eisenberg offers an unusually well written and thought provoking study of how the phonograph and related media have transformed music into a tangible commodity and relegated live performance to the background of Western culture. In this newly expanded edition of the book, the author takes fully into account developments related to the era of digital sound recording. The book is essential reading for anyone curious about recording as an art in itself, any collector of recorded music, and any owner of the first edition who has wishes to read more of what Evan Eisenberg has to say about music, how it is created, and how recorded sound has changed the human condition. "The Recording Angel throws out one arresting idea after another." Timothy Day, author of A Century of Recorded Music

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First published in 1987 and now considered a classic, The Recording Angel charts the ways in which the phonograph and its cousins have transformed our culture. In a new Afterword, Evan Eisenberg shows how digital technology, file trading, and other recent developments are accelerating--or reversing--these trends. Influential and provocative, The Recording Angel is required reading for anyone who cares about the effect recording has had--and will have--on our experience of music.

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Praise for the first edition:"Witty, perceptive, informed, and dazzlingly allusive."-David Hamilton, The Nation "[The Recording Angel] throws out one arresting idea after another."-Timothy Day, author of A Century of Recorded Music "An excellent work... Eisenberg explores so much uncharted territory... Long overdue." -Michael Kimmelman, The Philadelphia Inquirer "A marvelous book, unlike any other."-Garry Giddins -- Garry Giddins "A work of great originality and constantly stimulating argument."-Geoffrey O'Brien -- Geoffrey O'Brien "Witty, perceptive, informed, and dazzlingly allusive."-David Hamilton, Nation -- David Hamilton Nation

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