“From Edison To Marconi: The First Thirty Years of Recorded Music”   Leave a comment

January 19, 2013

A Shameless Plug

I had a call last week from an old friend from the music industry. During our conversation he surprised me by asking about my book as he wasn’t certain if it was still available. Since he took the time to ask, I thought I’d just write a shameless plug about the book for my blog. “From Edison To Marconi: The First Thirty Years of Recorded Music”  is, indeed, still available.  The book takes a look at recorded music, from Edison’s original idea to the creation of a recording industry. The publisher’s description is as follows:

Like any profound technological breakthrough, the advent of sound recording ushered in a period of explosive and imaginative experimentation, growth and competition. Between the commercial debut of Edison’s “talking machine” in 1889 and the first commercial radio broadcast three decades later, the recording industry was uncharted territory in terms of both technology and content.

This history of the earliest years of sound recording–the time between the phonograph’s appearance and the licensing of commercial radio–examines a newly created technology and industry in search of itself. It follows the story from the earliest efforts to capture sound, to the fight among wire, cylinder and disk recordings for primacy in the market, to the growth and development of musical genres, record companies and business practices that remain current today. The work chronicles the people, events and developments that turned a novel, expensive idea into a highly marketable commodity. Two appendices provide extensive lists of popular genre and ethnic recordings made between 1889 and 1919. A bibliography and index accompany the text.


The book is available, new and used and as an ebook. For those who may be interested, a few links are:

My publisher: McFarland. (A pleasure to do business with, by the way.)

Your local bookstore. See if they can find it for you. The ISBN numbers are:

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-2061-2
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-7864-5156-2

The ebook is offered through Amazon’s Kindle

I continue to guest lecture from time to time so feel free to email me: jazzdavid@aol.com.

David Steffen

© 2013 David Steffen


Posted January 20, 2013 by Jazzdavid in Uncategorized

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