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Longing for the Past: The 78 RPM Era in Southeast Asia

Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia is the first survey of the 78 rpm record era in Southeast Asia. It is a kaleidoscopic collection featuring 4 CDs with 90 tracks of music spanning six decades (1905-1966), accompanied by a 272-page book with essays and annotations by leading ethnomusicologists that is richly illustrated with more than 250 vintage photographs, record labels, and sleeves. Compiled and edited by David Murray



“For decades ethnomusicologists seemed to dismiss music made for the 78 market, but that’s changing now; the scholarly writing in the book is not only informative but accessible. Longing for the Past, like Opika Pende, is an overwhelming omnibus, a feast for the ears, eyes, and mind that demands a significant investment of time and attention before its historical, social, and musical pieces fall into place—but I’ve found few exercises more pleasurable. You might not even notice the hours passing.” – Chicago Reader

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