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Backbeat Books 45 RPM - The History, Heroes, and Villains of a Pop Music Revolution Book  

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    Complete history of 45 records

    In the 1950s and '60s, those shiny 45-rpm records with the big hole in the middle were the primary delivery system for popular American music, especially rock 'n' roll. Cheap to manufacture and available to even fly-by-night record operations, the donut disc changed the way popular music was written, recorded, promoted and marketed, and it broke--at least for a time--the iron-fisted dominance of the major record corporations. This book traces the history of the 45 7" phonograph record—from its origins back to the 1880s to explaining the personality conflicts that led an eccentric genius to develop the 45 single record into one of postwar America's most popular consumer products.

    45 RPM by Jim Dawson & Steve Propes explores how the jukebox, the autonomous disc jockey, and payola and artist rip-offs kept the 45 at the forefront of rock for 20 years. There are also chapters on the most valuable (and legendary) 45 records of all time, as well as the oddities, oddballs and freak hits that make listening to 45s so much fun. With over 80 illustrations - many in full color.

    45 RPM Pop Music Revolution Contents:
    Chapter 1: Record Revolution
    Chapter 2: Columbia Unveils the LP
    Chapter 3: Getting Up to Speed
    Chapter 4: The Battle of the Speeds
    Chapter 5: The Kiddie Discs
    Chapter 6: The Jukebox Saves the Day
    Chapter 7: The 45 Takes Over!
    Chapter 8: The EP
    Chapter 9: The Record Sleeve
    Chapter 10: Hot Biscuits (How to Make a 45)
    Chapter 11: "Stormy Weather": The Most Legendary 45
    Chapter 12: A-Sides, Free Rides & Killer B's
    Chapter 13: The 7-Inch Alternatives
    Chapter 14: The 12-inch Single
    Chapter 15: The End of the Single
    Chapter 16: The 45 Will Rise Again!
    Chapter 17: The 50 Most Expensive 45s
    Chapter 18: Odd Lots, Odd Balls & Odd 'n' Ends

    • 176 pages
    • Size: 9-1/4" x 7-1/4"
    • Authors: Jim Dawson and Steve Propes
    • ISBN: 879307579

    Read all you want to know about collector 45 records. Own it today!

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