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The Entertainment Industry

UW-L Author: Michael Haupert, Ph.D.
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Greenwood Press

Haupert, Michael J. The Entertainment Industry. Emerging industries in the United States. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2006.

This book gives a concise overview of the economic history of entertainment in the United States over the course of the 20th century. It has selected a few businesses whose histories together give an impression of the industry's evolution. The chapter on vaudeville relates the emergence of the genre in the 1880s, the emergence of circuits, the domination of the business by a few major organizations, and the eventual decline, coincident with the arrival of talking pictures. The subsequent two chapters tell the history of the film and music industries. The next chapter, on radio, devotes substantial attention to the technical aspects — the inventors, their patents and their exploitation. A chapter on television relates how it continued the vaudeville tradition after the last vaudeville theater had closed. The last chapter contains brief biographic sketches of some personalities that played a key role in the industry's history. Aimed at a wide audience, the book provides a broad narrative synthesis of some of the secondary literature.

About the Author

Mike Haupert is a professor of economics. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of the economics of sports and entertainment, particularly from a historical perspective.

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