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Author Drew, Rob, 1961- author.

Title Unspooled : how the cassette made music shareable / Rob Drew
Published Durham : Duke University Press, 2024


Description 1 online resource (xi, 216 pages) : illustrations
Series Sign, storage, transmission
Sign, storage, transmission.
Contents Love, Theft, and Audiotape -- Home Taping and Its Discontents -- The Cassette Underground and Aboveground -- Gatekeeping the Cassette Release -- Cassettes in a Vinyl Universe -- Cultures of Re-Recording -- Mix Tape Memories and Fictions -- Your Hiss Is What I Miss
Summary "Unspooled examines the history of the audio cassette within the context of indie rock musical subcultures. Focusing on how the cassette heralded new modes of music sharing, intimacy, and communication through forms such as the mix tape, Rob Drew argues that the format's emotional resonance is tied to its shareability. Each chapter traces the cassette's history and evolution, from its predecessor open-reel tape and treatment in the music industry, to prominence in unauthorized secondhand music distribution. Positioning itself within discourses about the political economy of sound and the history of music technology, Unspooled offers an extended account of the role cassettes played in popular music cultures"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Sound -- Recording and reproducing.
Sound recordings -- Social aspects
Alternative rock music -- History and criticism
Dissemination of music -- History -- 20th century
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies.
MUSIC / Recording & Reproduction.
Alternative rock music
Dissemination of music
Sound -- Recording and reproducing
Sound recordings -- Social aspects
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2023018763
ISBN 1478027711