Music: Chain-Store Music

Culture-conscious citizens of smaller U. S. cities hunger for high-class music. But few of them ever have a chance to tell a diva from a bettelhooper.* Ordering music a la carte, as music lovers in big cities do, takes expert picking & choosing. Because they want to be sure of the quality of their imported music, small-town U. S. music lovers have long bought it in packaged lots from large, nationally organized concert chains.

Today, 80% of U. S. small-town concert music is controlled by two large Manhattan organizations: Columbia Concerts Corp. and NBC...

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