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From Keroncong to Xinyao: The Record Industry in Singapore 1903-1985

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  • About the Author
  • From Keroncong to Xinyao presents a captivating and groundbreaking exploration of Singapore’s vibrant record industry from 1903 to 1985, revealing how Singapore was once a significant recording centre in Southeast Asia. 

    The book highlights the pioneers and innovators of the industry, from performing artists to recording engineers. Records made during this musical heyday covered diverse genres, from Malay keroncong to Chinese opera and pop songs, and, from the 1950s, the rock ’n’ roll wave that was sweeping the world. 

    Beautifully illustrated with photographs, record album art and archival images, this book takes readers on a fascinating journey through the music industry’s triumphs and challenges, revealing its resonating contributions to Singapore’s cultural heritage. 

  • Ross Laird is an Australian sound archivist, record collector and historian who has had a long interest in the history of the international record industry. He previously worked with the Australian National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra, and worked in Hong Kong for Cable TV. He began spending time in Singapore in 2004, and was a Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow at the National Library of Singapore in 2010. His published works include Sound Beginnings: The Early Record Industry in Australia and The Sixties: Australian Rock and Pop Recordings, 1964–1969

ISBN: 9789811864971
Cover Type: Hardcover
Page Count: 336
Year Published: 2023
Size: 190mm x 250mm