This is a five-part audio blog on the CBC Radio 2 website that I have found to be really interesting and captivating. I only found out about it while scanning radio stations on a long drive last Sunday, and even at that, I only caught the last segment, Part Five. Each part is produced to fit a one-hour time slot during broadcast, so with 5 parts, this is quite an in-depth examination of the industry.
It starts at the beginning, with Edison's invention of the phonograph and how it became a major force in creating American popular culture. It ends with the industry in its current state of affairs, asking many questions that still remain unanswered. Lots of interviews, voice and music samples throughout to illustrate various points along the way. Very well done.
All the segments can be found and listened to on the CBC website at Twilight of the Gods
It's a major time commitment to listen to it all - it's not downloadable and has to be listened to in real time.
This could be of interest to anyone of us who has lived through the tumultuous times leading up to the industry's glory days, through to its downfall.
Check it out. You may find it worthwhile. IMO / YMMV / Etc. / Etc.