Synopses & Reviews
First published in 1987 and now considered a classic, The Recording Angel
charts the ways in which the phonograph and its cousins have transformed our culture. In a new Afterword, Evan Eisenberg shows how digital technology, file trading, and other recent developments are acceleratingor reversingthese trends. Influential and provocative, The Recording Angel
is required reading for anyone who cares about the effect recording has hadand will haveon our experience of music.
“Witty, perceptive, informed, and dazzlingly allusive.”—David Hamilton, Nation
“[The Recording Angel] throws out one arresting idea after another.”—Timothy Day, author of A Century of Recorded Music
“An excellent work... Eisenberg explores so much uncharted territory... Long overdue.” —Michael Kimmelman, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A marvelous book, unlike any other.”—Garry Giddins
“A work of great originality and constantly stimulating argument.”—Geoffrey OBrien
About the Author
writings on music, culture, and technology have appeared in The New Republic, The Village Voice
, The New Yorker
, The Nation
, and other periodicals. His most recent book is The Ecology of Eden.