“The Recording Angel” Named One of 50 Greatest Music Books Ever
The Observer Music Monthly has just released its list of the 50 greatest music books ever, formed through consultation with its world-class music experts and readers. Included prominently on the list is Evan Eisenberg’s The Recording Angel: Music, Records and Culture from Aristotle to Zappa, with the following description: “How technology has changed our conception of what music is; deep.”
The Recording Angel charts the ways in which the phonograph and its cousins have transformed our culture. The book, newly available in a second edition, includes a new Afterword by Evan Eisenberg, which shows how digital technology, file trading, and other recent developments are accelerating–or reversing–these trends. Influential and provocative, and hailed by Garry Giddins as a “marvelous book, and unlike any other,” The Recording Angel is required reading for anyone who cares about the effect recording has had–and will continue to have–on our experience of music.