This is how it all started. A terrific account of the beginning of the recording industry and how the Gennett family recorded the Jazz/Jass greats of the era. It goes into how records were distributed and the differences in markets. Gennett recorded Jazz, Blues, Country and anything else that wandered through the door. You’ll get the feel of exactly what went on during a recording session and why it didn’t always work out. It tells how many artists showed up on different labels under different names and each disc selling for a different price.
Some great stories here including why RCA added Victor to its name and the amusing origination of why one performer will yell to another, “Play that thing!.”
If you want to know how it all happened, this is the book for you.