360 Sound by Sean Wilentz
The Columbia Records Story

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Squeezing the company’s whole history into one book, and giving it some narrative coherence, is a challenge even a writer of Sean Wilentz’s stature has trouble meeting.
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For 125 years, Columbia Records has remained one of the most vibrant and storied names in prerecorded sound, nurturing the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more. Written by distinguished historian Sean Wilentz, 360 Sound tells the story of the label's rich history as it interweaves threads of technical and social change with the creation of some of the greatest albums ever made. Featuring over 300 rare and revealing images from the Columbia archives, this lavishly illustrated celebration is a must-have for any serious music fan.
 

About Sean Wilentz

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Sean Wilentz is a preeminent historian whose work spans music, politics, and the arts. His writing has won numerous awards and has been nominated for a Grammy. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
 
Published November 14, 2012 by Chronicle Books. 336 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical, Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Peter Keepnews on Nov 30 2012

Squeezing the company’s whole history into one book, and giving it some narrative coherence, is a challenge even a writer of Sean Wilentz’s stature has trouble meeting.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Sisario on Oct 30 2012

...“360 Sound” is just long enough to pass breezily through nearly every important chapter of Columbia’s history, while leaving plenty of room for hundreds of delicious archival photos...

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