The Silence That Sparked New Sounds

For Columbia, the solution was simple. Since the union did not object to the sale of records to consumers—only their airplay by radio—the label developed a new format aimed at the expanding home market, avoiding radio altogether.

Hence, records were made.  Now record labels are avoiding records, focusing on merchandise and touring instead.  

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.