Soundies Book on “Archival Spaces”

Just catching up with the essay that Jan-Christopher Horak, former director of the UCLA Film and Television Archive, wrote about Soundies and the Changing Image of Black Americans on Screen: One Dime at a Time, which he posted on his Archival Spaces website in January. 

Calling it “a must-read for anyone interested in the history of African American popular culture,” he pulls together several of the book’s key points in a short, quick piece. (With a lot of images.)

Click here for the Archival Spaces website, then scroll down to entry #287.

Flash! Soundies Book on Amazon


On Dec. 24, 2021, the Soundies book hit #1 on Amazon’s list of Hot New Releases in Music Recording and Sound–ahead of David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.

It didn’t last–the ratings are updated hourly–but it was a wonderful Christmas Eve gift.

And it happened again today, Dec. 30.

It’s been fun posting the news on social media. Look for the hashtag #beatingbowieforamoment.