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Re: [ARSCLIST] seeking info - commercial history of phonograph and jukebox

From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad


on 23 October (ages ago), Laura Botts asked for sources to the commercial
history of the phonograph. The few responses there were only referred to the
old staples Read & Welch and Gelatt. The first is biased, imprecise in places
but has a lot of references. The latter is actually good, I have retraced
what inevitably must have been his sources, and I agree with his
interpretation of them, but he has no references.

Perhaps the following book might replace the above old staples, or at least

Pekka Gronow and Ilpo Saunio
An International History of the Recording Industry
Cassell, London 1999                       230pp
ISBN 0-304-70590-X (Paperback)

This is a very good book, and it has a very large number of references.

Kind regards,



> Dear members,
> I am seeking information for a patron who is working on an internal
> project to better understand the dynamics and economics of innovation.
> To do so, he is studying historical innovations from a business
> perspective (i.e., the economics behind each innovation) in the music
> play-back industry. Specifically, he is trying to learn more about the
> early commercial history of the phonograph and jukebox from roughly the
> 1890s to the 1930s. Does anyone have any materials or suggestions that
> would aid in
> this research project?
> Thank you in advance for your help.
> Laura Botts
> Popular Music Archivist
> Georgia State University

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