brings us the second in his five-part history of the record business, Twilight of the Gods
. In this episode of the series, the record business in the 1920's changes the very music it records, creating and bringing to the world two new musical cultures -- jazz and country music. This installment also includes a feature interview (50 years after his death) with the unsung genius of American recording, producer Ralph Peer.
Today, we're in Victor's Pub
, nestled on the waterfront of Camden, New Jersey. It's a pub like many others in North America, but with this difference. A hundred years ago, the building that houses Victor's Pub was at the centre of a recording empire that straddled the world - the recording empire that was the Victor Talking Machine Company ... later RCA Victor.
In the first decade of the Twentieth Century, Victor's records and record players created a new cultural reality for the world. Today, former employees of the company have gathered in Victor's Pub to celebrate the centenary of this building, and remember the legacy that was the Victor Talking Machine Company. The Sunday Edition's Robert Harris
was among them.