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Tag: women in music business

The work requires concentration: a tale of an industry then and now

Posted in Life & Love, and Women's issues

Harriette Smith at work in 1945
Harriette Smith at work in 1945

Before Sue and I ever even thought of venturing into the music industry, long before we were even a blink in our parents’ eyes, even before long-playing albums – remember those? – the figure of the music plugger reigned supreme. Not the radio plugger of payola scandals but the more subtle figure employed by music publishers, tasked with the job of matching sheet music with band leaders willing to perform and record it.

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