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The golden age of Irish music: The cultural impact of 78 RPM recordings in Ireland and Irish America 1900–1960


2010 2010

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation examines the impact that early 78 rpm recordings had on the cultural and ethnic identities of Irish people in both Ireland and Irish America during the first half of the twentieth century. It raises questions about what is considered "Irish" in the context of both the traditional and popular music recorded at the time. The author reviews the history of Irish music before and after mechanical sound reproduction and outlines the technological history concerning the development of phonographs and wax cylinders and gramophones/victrolas and the flat 78 rpm disc. Using an media ecological approach, the author employs Marshall McLuhan's Laws of Media to examine the cultural impact of early recorded media by examining what becomes enhanced, obsolesced, retrieved from the past, and reversed or flipped into when pushed to its limit.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology;
Music;
Ethnic studies
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
0413: Music
0631: Ethnic studies
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Social sciences; 78 RPM; Ethnomusicology; Ireland; Irish; Irish America; Media ecology; Music; Seventy-eight RPM recordings
Title
The golden age of Irish music: The cultural impact of 78 RPM recordings in Ireland and Irish America 1900–1960
Author
O'Connell, Roxanne M.
Number of pages
375
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
1211
Source
DAI-A 72/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124365596
Advisor
Budd, Michael A.
University/institution
Salve Regina University
University location
United States -- Rhode Island
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3436834
ProQuest document ID
847874572
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/847874572/abstract
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