Recent and Upcoming Activity


  • Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (Harvard University Press) is now out in paperback

A Choice “Outstanding Academic Titles of 2009
Winner of the Hagley Prize for the best book in business history for 2009.
Winner of the 2011 DeSantis Prize of the Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.
Honorable mention, 2010 Woody Guthrie Prize, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), U.S. branch.
Certificate of Merit, 2010 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, Best Research in General History of Recorded Sound Category, Association for Recorded Sound Collections
Reviews: The Wall Street Journal, Washington PostThe Nation, Wilson Quarterly, Washington Times,, Los Angeles Times blog, and others.


  • Sound in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (University of Pennsylvania Press) is now out in paperback, co-edited by David Suisman and Susan Strasser, with an introduction by David.

“This collection…is multicultural historical analysis at its best.” — Journal of American History


ONLINE SUPPLEMENT TO SELLING SOUNDS: For sound files, images, and videos to supplement Selling Sounds, click here.


NEWS and RECENT & UPCOMING APPEARANCES–Talks, lectures, comments, multimedia presentations:

May 2015 – Gizmodo recently published a story on the 1964 Oklahoma City Sonic Boom Test, inspired by David’s article in the Radical History Review (below)

Winter 2015 – Recently published: “The Oklahoma City Sonic Boom Experiment and the Politics of Supersonic Aviation,” in a special issue of the Radical History Review on “Sound Politics” – here

Jan. 8, 2015 – Radio interview: WMST-FM in Kentucky

Fall 2014 – David was interviewed about player-pianos for the Radio Free Culture podcast on WFMU. Listen here.

Oct. 22, 2014 – “The Oklahoma Sonic Boom Experiment and the Politics of Supersonic Aviation,” Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music, UCSB. Info here.

Just announced: A Chinese translation of Selling Sounds will be published in the summer of 2015

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