Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Scholars investigate sound as part of the social construction of historical experience and as an element of the sensory relationship people have to the world, showing how hearing and listening can inform people's feelings, ideas, decisions, and actions.

Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

David Suisman and Susan Strasser, Editors

2009 | 320 pages | Cloth $49.95 | Paper $24.95
American History | Business
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Thinking Historically About Sound and Sense
—David Suisman

PART I: AFFECT AND THE POLITICS OF LISTENING
1. Distracted Listening: On Not Making Sound Choices in the 1930s
—David Goodman
2. ''Her Voice a Bullet'': Imaginary Propaganda and the Legendary Broadcasters of World War II
—Ann Elizabeth Pfau and David Hochfelder
3. ''Savage Dissonance'': Gender, Voice, and Women's Radio Speech in Argentina, 1930-1945
—Christine Ehrick

PART II: SONIC OBJECTS
4. Collectors, Bootleggers, and the Value of Jazz, 1930-1952
—Alex Cummings
5. High-Fidelity Sound as Spectacle and Sublime, 1950-1961
—Eric D. Barry

PART III: HEARING ORDER
6. Occupied Listeners: The Legacies of Interwar Radio for France During World War II
—Derek W. Vaillant
7. An Audible Sense of Order: Race, Fear, and CB Radio on Los Angeles Freeways in the 1970s
—Angela M. Blake
PART IV: SOUND COMMERCE
8. ''The People's Orchestra'': Jukeboxes as the Measure of Popular Musical Taste in the 1930s and 1940s
—Chris Rasmussen
9. Sounds Local: The Competition for Space and Place in Early U.S. Radio
—Bill Kirkpatrick
10. The Sound of Print: Newspapers and the Public Promotion of Early Radio Broadcasting in the United States
—Michael Stamm

Notes
List of Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments