James Hall finally tells all about his book The Industry Of Human Happiness – its the new episode of The Sound Of The Hound podcast!

This episode is a little bit different. Dave interviews co-host James about his novel on the early days of recorded sound, The Industry of Human Happiness. James tells how he chanced upon the adventures of Fred Gaisberg and William Sinkler Darby in the sleeve notes of a CD that he bought outside a concert, and how they inspired him to write a fictional account of those heady days of format wars, skulduggery and breath-taking invention. James also talks about his campaign to have a commemorative plaque erected on the Maiden Lane building where the industry started (a plaque that was unveiled by Queen drummer Roger Taylor in December 2019).

Links:

How gramophones changed the world forever – James writes in the Telegraph

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/beatles-crushed-beetles-gramophones-changed-world-forever/

Blog on the BPI website about the birth of the record industry

https://www.bpi.co.uk/news-analysis/the-industry-of-human-happiness-james-hall-guest-blog/

James writes in the Telegraph about his Maiden Lane commemorative plaque campaign

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/news/fight-honour-britains-first-recording-studio/

The Industry of Human Happiness on Amazon

https://amzn.eu/cB1mSl1

You can subcribe to the podcast on all good podcast platforms including: Spotify  Apple and Acast.

We hope you enjoy listening as much as we’ve enjoyed recording them

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