Sound Recording contains much information that will interest anyone interested in the history of recorded music and sound technology, such as:
- The world-famous composer John Phillip Sousa once denounced sound recordings as a threat to good musical tasted. He nonetheless made many recordings over the years
- Two innovative new products were introduced by RCA in 1958--the first modern cassette tape cartridge and the stereophonic LP record. The tape cartridge, which was about the size of a large paperback, flopped almost immediately; the stereo LP was the music industry's biggest hit ever
- Chrysler automobiles of the late 1950s offered Highway Hi-Fi, a dashboard phonograph that could play a record without skipping
- The predecessor of the Compact Disc was a 12-inch home videodisc system from the late 1970s--the first of its kind--called DiscoVision
The volume includes a timeline and a bibliography for those interested in delving further into the history of recorded sound.