Greg Milner - Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story Of Recorded Music (2009)
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The 50 Greatest Books Written About Music
27. Greg Milner - Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story Of Recorded Music (2009)
The tale of how recorded music went from wax cylinders to the MP3 may sound like a dry read, but if you're interested in how the songs get from the musicians' brains to your earholes, this is a surprisingly accessible account. Milner looks at the hype involved with the launch of the CD, the format wars between 33 and 45 speeds and how Phil Collins got that In The Air Tonight drum sound. It's also a reminder of how nothing has really changed an enormous amount in terms of how the music biz works in the past 100 years.