Columbia Records, the oldest of all record labels, has announced that it will release a new coffee table book to celebrate the label's 125th anniversary this year. 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story will detail the contributions of Columbia Records to music history from the 1880s when Edward Easton and others used the inventions of Thomas Edison and others to create the first commercial musical recordings. The story of Columbia Records is much like a history of popular music in the US. The list of artists who have released music on the Columbia label reads like a who's who ranging from Frank Sinatra to Adele.
360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story was written by author and historian Sean Wilentz. When the book is released on October 30, 2012, there will also be a deluxe package available. That package includes an additional book by popular music historian Dave Marsh which will list 263 of the most important songs from the Columbia Records catalog and comments on each from the author as well as a drive that includes all of the 263 recordings.
Book cover courtesy Chronicle Books