Designed for Hi-fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America
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Do you yearn for musicians like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Patti Page? This book presents a selection of midcentury record albums, discussing nearly 150 vintage covers, reproduced in full color -- some featuring notable modern art or the work of famous photographers. The first part, "Home," explores how the home became an entertainment zone -- a place to play music, mix drinks, and impress guests with displays of good taste. The sleek hi-fi console in a well-appointed midcentury living room might have had a stack of albums by musicians now entered in the American songbook. The second part, "Away," considers albums featuring music, pictures, and tourist information that prepared citizens for the jet age as well as the space race. The optimism, glamour, and sophistication of these brilliantly-hued album covers reflect aspirational Americans who longed to be modern in postwar culture. Offers tips for those starting their own record collections.
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