"The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927)" Box Set

Paramount Records was formed in 1917 with little fanfare. Its founders ran a Wisconsin furniture company and knew nothing of the record business. Its mission was modest: produce records as cheaply as possible with whatever talent was available. The results were unequivocal: the records sounded bad and sold poorly. Paramount was soon on the threshold of bankruptcy.
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