Music: Diskman's Dilemma

A record executive named Goddard Lieberson was resting up after a tough round of business meetings one day last year, his feet on his desk, his mind on a fascinating subject—the Civil War. It was, he decided, perhaps the best-documented war in history, with reams of personal memoirs and volumes of battle detail, campaign maps, bales of drawings and photographs. But suddenly he realized that something was missing: sound. With that thought, Columbia Records Executive Vice President Lieberson launched into a year's research that took him through libraries and across old battle grounds. When he was through,...

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