Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry by Gareth Murphy
An author could fill a multi-volume set with a detailed history of the record industry. Short of that, author Gareth Murphy has done an admirable job of highlighting just the key moments, from the very development of recorded sound to today’s issues with downloading and digital file sharing. It’s a very reasonable length for readers looking for a quick overview, and it won’t leave you feeling you’ve missed out on anything. One of the best books of its kind.