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A Reading List For Audio Buffs


Subject: Recording history

From Tin Foil To Stereo - Evolution Of The Phonograph,  Oliver Read and Walter Welch

Playback: From the Victrola to Mp3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money, Coleman

Off The Record: The Technology and Culture of Sound Recording in America, Morton

45 RPM: The History, Heroes, and Villains of a Pop Music Revolution, Dawson and Propes

45 RPM, Drate

The Penguin Guide to Jazz, Cook - Morton

Subject: General Hi Fi Reference

Acoustic Design for the Home Studio, Mitch Gallagher

Get Better Sound, Jim Smith

The Complete Guide To High-End Audio, Robt. Harley 

Master Handbook of Acoustics, F. Alton Everest

Music, Physics and Engineering, Harry F. Olson

Audio Reality, Rozenblit, Summers, Schiller

Audio and Hi-Fi Handbook, Sinclair

"Repairing Home Audio systems: A Practical Guide to Stereo and Monophonic High-Fidelity systems, Record Changers, Turntables, Portable Phonographs, Magnetic Tape, Radio and Audio Servicing Course", Ecklund

1-2-3-4 Servicing Hi-Fi Turntables, Belt

Audio Cyclopedia, Tremaine 

Reproduction of sound in High-Fidelity & Stereo Phonographs, Villchur

Hi-Fi in the Home, Crabbe

The Search for Musical Ecstasy, Rosenberg

Audio System Design And Installation, G.H. Phillip Giddings

Handbook For Sound Engineers: The New Audio Cyclopedia, Glen M. Ballou

Subject: Turntables, Record Players

Swiss Precision: 3rd Edition is now available


Joachim Bung: Swiss Precision

The New 2019 Comprehensive Edition

Two Volumes in Slipcase

Link to info page and how to buy

Deutsche Perfektion: The History of the Legendary EMT Turntables, Pasini http://www.stefanopasini.it/

Thorens articles online:

http://www.stefanopasini.it/images/Thor1215.pdf an informative Thorens history article by Stefano Pasini

Garrard articles online:

"Design Of Transcription Turntables" by E.W. Mortimer, Garrard Engineering Ltd.

Subject: Record Collecting References

Goldmine Record Album Price Guide, Neeley, ISBN-10: 0896895327   ISBN-13: 978-0896895324 available in the US

The Rare Record Price Guide 2008 (Record Collector Magazine) ISBN-10: 0953560151 ISBN-13: 978-0953260157 available in the UK

Living Stereo: The RCA Bible: a compendium of opinion on RCA living stereo records, Jonathan Valin

The Canfield Guide to Classical Recordings

Vinyl Junkies: Adventures In Record Collecting, Brett Milano

Subject: "in the recording studio" books

33 1/3 series books, various authors.  Each one covers one record from rock history.

The Beatles, Bob Spitz

The House that Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, Kahn

Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles, Emerick, Massey

Kind Of Blue -- The Making Of The Miles Davis Masterpiece, Kahn

The Record Men: The Chess Brothers and the Birth of Rock & Roll, Cohen

Temples of Sound: Inside the Great Recording Studios, Clark, Cogan, Jones

Flowers In The Dustbin: The Rise of Rock and Roll, 1947 - 1977, Miller

The Masters of Bebop; A Listener's Guide, Ira Gitler


Subject: Album Cover Art

Blue Note: Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff

Blue Note: The Album cover Art

In the Groove: Vintage Record Graphics 1940 - 1960

The Greatest Album Covers of All Time, Scott, Miles, Morgan

Albums: The Stories Behind 50 Years of Great Recordings, various contributors

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You die, Dimery

The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove: The Complete Collection of 78rpm Artwork from the Legendary Record Changer Magazine, Deitch

Vixens of Vinyl: The Alluring Ladies of Vintage Album Covers, Darling

Naked Vinyl, O'Brien

For The Record: The Life and Work of Alex Steinweiss, Jennifer McKnight-Trontz (note: Alex Steinweiss invented the album cover in 1938)

This Ain't No Disco: New Wave Album Covers, Trontz


Subject: General Fiction, somehow involving the Lp

High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time, Sheffield

The Show I'll Never forget: 50 Writers Re-live Their Most Memorable Concert going Experience

The Music Lovers: A Harry Stoner Novel, Valin


Subject: Loudspeakers

Loudspeakers  An Anthology, J. Audio Engineering Society, Vol. 1 and 2

Loudspeaker and Headphone Handbook, J. Bowers, ed.

High Performance Loudspeakers, Martin Collums

Electrostatic Loudspeaker Design and Construction, Ronald Wagner

The Electrostatic Loudspeaker Design Cookbook, Roger Sanders

The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook, Dickason

Subject: Electronics (vacuum tube)

Radiotron Designers Handbook, 3rd and 4th ed

An Approach to Audio Frequency Amplifier Design, GE Co. Ltd of England

Mullard Tube Circuits for Audio Amplifiers

Beginner's Guide to Tube Audio Design, Bruce Rozenblit

The Tube Preamp Cookbook, Allen Wright

Tube Lore, Ludwell Sibley

RCA Tube Manuals

GE Tube Manuals


A note of appreciation for the fellow inmates at Audio Asylum/Vinyl for offering most of the suggested titles in the list above.