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Book to celebrate 125 years of Columbia Records

By | Published on Thursday 4 October 2012

360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story

Sony-owned label Columbia Records will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year, and a book will be published tracking the music company’s long history called ‘360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story’.

Written by Sean Wilentz, the book will begin with the company’s origins in the late nineteenth century, capitalising on the then new phonographic inventions to launch a business selling commercial music recordings, through to its modern incarnation as a major label within the Sony group, profiling many of the artists, producers and label execs who worked with the company over the years.

The book will be published by Chronicle Books in November, while Columbia Records will release a box set featuring Wilentz’s book, another profiling 263 of the label’s recordings, and a USB stick containing said tracks.