161 Meme: Sixth line on page 161

by Sally J.

I’ve been tagged by my friend Denise from the Family Matters blog. My task is to open up a book I’m reading to page 161 and share the 6th sentence. Then I need to tag five more bloggers to continue the meme.

I’m reading several books right now, here are the two that fit in best with the what I blog about here at Practical Archivist.

1. Playback: From the Victrola to MP3, 100 Years of Music, Machines, and Money. By Mark Coleman. It boggles my mind that recorded sound has been around for a little over 100 years (not that long, really) but somehow we’re stuck with a gazillion dead formats. Page 161 is in the section on the history of home taping (you listening RIAA?) and it deals with cassettes:

Japanese manufacturers began adding cassette players to hi-fi systems in the early 1970s.

Now you could tape a copy of almost anything you heard.

2. The Geek Gap: Why Business and Technology Professionals Don’t Understand Each Other and Why They Need Each Other to Survive. By Bill Pfleging and Minda Zetlin. The 6th sentence on page 161 kinda sums up the entire theme of the book:

In the end, it goes back to the issue of influencing people versus problem solving — the fundamental difference between business and technology people.

I hereby tag the following bloggers:

1. Mary & Brady of This Book Is for You (Two for the price of one!)
2. Sara of The Steampunk Home
3. Marty at Ephemera
4. DIY Maven at Curbly
5. Jen at Domestik Goddess

Update. Don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier. Guess I was just following the rules blindly. Tag, you’re it. Leave a comment below and share the sixth line from page 161 of your book. The rules say it has to be something you’re reading right now, but I also like the idea of grabbing a random book off your shelf.
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Sally J. November 28, 2007 at 4:32 am

Thanks, everyone for playing along.

Jen — I knew you’d be reading something cool.

Minda — What a delightful treat to have the author of one of my 161 books stop by! I picked up Geek Gap because digital preservation is the future of my field…and I’m concerned because archivists and techies don’t seem to be speaking the same language.

Marty — Did you know that Houdini’s father was a rabbi in Appleton, Wisconsin? I read about it in the Wisconsin Magazine of History.

martyweil November 26, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Thanks for the tag, Sally. You always come up with something interesting and fun. And I appreciate being included.

Jen / domestika November 23, 2007 at 8:42 pm

The Geek Gap went on my list straight away; now it looks like the Beatles number will have to join it! Who doesn’t love good behind-the-scenes making-of stuff?

minda@geekgap.com November 21, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Can an author of one of the books being read play?? Anyhow, I’m jumping in.

I very boringly can only read one thing at a time; Bill Pfleging (my co-author on The Geek Gap) usually has six or seven going at once.

I’m currently reading Here, There and Everywhere, a wonderful memoir by Geoff Emerick, recording engineer for the Beatles. It’s not a book I usually would read…I like the Beatles and all, but I’m not so fascinated as to pick up every book about them. However, the book’s co-author is Howard Massey, a new friend and neighbor here in Woodstock, NY, and we did a book trade where he got a copy of our book and we got a copy of his. I’m glad we did! Even if you’re not a particular Beatle fan, if you know the music at all (which you must, if you’ve been living on Planet Earth) it’s a wondeful read and a great story, too.

A lot of it tells how some of those weird and wacky sounds of theirs, such as the alarm clock in “A Day in the Life” got there–that one was actually an accident. Page 161 is about how they created that monster piano chord that ends the song, and here’s the sixth sentence (I should mention that Mal Evans was the Beatles’ longtime roadie):

In prepartion for the session, Richard and various brown coats had been busy moving pianos from all over the building into Studio Two, so the array that awaited John, Paul, Ringo and Mal when they arrived was quite impressive: two Steinway grand pianos, another Steinway upright that was purposely kept a bit out of tune for a “honky-tonk” effect, and a blond wood spinet.

In the next sentence, he also mentions a Wurlitzer electric piano and a harmonium…six different keyboards guaranteed to fulfill Paul’s plan for “a big piano chord that goes on forever.” Geoff Emerick achieved the “forever” part by doing the reverse of a fade-out: starting the chord with the fade set to low and then slowly raising it to extend the sound as much as possible.

Thanks so much for reading The Geek Gap!

Jen / domestika November 20, 2007 at 2:18 pm

Excellent, Sally! Although I normally semi-dread being meme-tagged, this one is timely and welcome: I’ve been dying for an excuse to babble about the book I’m reading right now… plus, you know you’re my favourite archivist, so anything to oblige! :)

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