February 25, 2011

Recommended Reading: Playback

They say those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it. The music industry is a place that seems to be particularly inclined to repeating its own history- both with musical trends and fighting new technology. If you want to understand where the music industry has been (which you should if you want to work in it), this is one of the most thorough, and yet still short, options for learning about it. The book is fairly small and an easy read that covers everything from the invention of the printing press up the beginnings of the digital revolution. So, essentially it covers every aspect of the music industry from its start as print based one up to the present day. The music business is definitely one industry where you should understand the past in order to appreciate what is going on now and where it is headed so check this book out. 

Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money
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