Just The Fax, Ma'am

Facsimile machines shrink in size, drop in price and win fans

Just before an appearance last month at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall, the renowned Crosby, Stills and Nash decided that they wanted to perform an old Bob Dylan tune, Ballad of Hollis Brown. But the rock group needed the sheet music for the song, and the most accessible copies were at the Secaucus, N.J., offices of Warner Bros. Publications. The group telephoned Warner Vice President Sy Feldman, who asked if the performers had access to a fax machine. Luckily, one of those electronic wonders was available at their hotel. In the time that it takes to sing the ballad, the band...