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How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks by  Dave Tompkins - First Edition - 2010 - from Lippincott Books and Biblio.com

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How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks

by Tompkins, Dave

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Brooklyn, N.Y.: Melville House, 2010. The vocoder was invented by Bell Labs in 1928. It once guarded phones from eavesdroppers during World War II. It later was repurposed as a voice-altering tool for musicians. and became an important technology for popular music. Tompkins traces the history of electronic voices from Nazi research labs to Stalin's gulags, from the 1939 World's Fair to Hiroshima, from artificial larynges to Auto-Tune. Very Good/Fine. From the library of Magnus Johnstone, artist and disc jockey. His Lecco’s Lemma show Boston radio’s first all-rap program, launched the careers of hip-hop legends such as Guru and Ed OG, as well as legions of lesser-knowns. With Inscription: "Magnus: Don't worry. I will be watching over the Lemmus...always...Lecco" . First Edition. Hardcover.

Dave Tompkins, a former columnist for The Wire , writes frequently on about hip-hop and popular music. His work has appeared in Vibe , The Village Voice , Wax Poetics , and The Believer . Nearly a decade in the making, this is his first book. From the Hardcover edition.




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