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360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story

Author: Sean Wilentz

Founded in 1888, Columbia Records is the most enduring brand name in pre-recorded sound. This is a pop cultural and insider-perspective primer on the label, its stellar range of artists, and the history of recorded music in America. Richly illustrated with unseen and classic photos.

ISBN: 9781452107561

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Format: Hardback
Specs: 305 x 238mm, 336pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books



For 125 years, Columbia Records has been one of the most vibrant and storied names in pre-recorded sound, nurturing the careers of jazz, blues, rock, and pop legends such as W. C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Mariah Carey, Bruce Springsteen, BeyoncE, Adele, and many more.

This lavishly illustrated celebration, written by noted historian Sean Wilentz, tells the story of the label’s rich history as it interweaves threads of technical and social change with the emergence of an incredible stable of artists and the creation of some of the greatest albums ever made.

Also featuring over 300 rare and revealing images from the Columbia archives, 360 Sound is an inside look at landmark record label and a must-have for any serious music fan.

With a reputation for being a label that works 'as long as it takes' to break an artist’s career, Columbia Records has nurtured the careers of jazz, blues, rock, pop, and rap greats like: Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Bessie Smith, Louie Armstrong, Robert Johnson, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, the Beastie Boys, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Adele.

It pioneered technical innovations from the gramophone through the invention of the Walkman and the innovation of the CD.

Its presence and promotion through all the major musical eras and genres (classical, 'race music,' showtunes, tin pan alley, jazz, blues, pop, rock, R&B, etc.) makes the story of the label something of the story of America and American popular culture through the lens of music, and the book brings this perspective in historically interesting and engaging text.

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