Dinosaur Discs is brought to you by Mason Vander Lugt. I started it in 2011 because I found it difficult to find good information on recording history, and wanted to test the waters to see if sharing old LPs and record collectors' magazines would get me in trouble. The results are in! (It seems to be ok). The site used to have a bunch of sections that I think now are pretty amateurish, so I've deprecated them. They're still around if you look. I still think old records are great but I'd rather send people to the real-deal histories if they're beginning to get interested, so I've compiled a little reading list:

From Tinfoil to Stereo still provides the best introduction to recording history, in my opinion. A Phonograph in Every Home is another favorite, focusing more closely on the industry. Popular American Recording Pioneers is a good place to start learning about recording artists of the acoustic era. America's Musical Life is a good general history of American music that's not especially focused on recording. American Popular Music and its Business tells the story of the music publishing business. Sinful Tunes and Spirituals is just a great story. The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a professional organization dedicated to studying and preserving audio, and I think it's great. The 78s collector group on Facebook can be pretty fun too. Feel free to email me if you want.