Recreation: The Sound of Music

People who think they are hearing things may be right after all. More Americans are tootling, scraping, twanging and banging than ever before. By the end of 1962, according to estimated figures released last week by the American Music Conference, there were 34 million amateur musicians in the U.S., compared with 19 million in 1950 (a 79% increase, compared with a 24% population growth). The number of musical instruments owned increased from 23 million to 39 million, and the 1962 retail dollar volume of instruments, sheet music and accessories sales was $630 million—more than 2½ times what it was...

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