Jukebox, Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl

Jewish Museum London

14 July – 16 October 2016

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Exploring the history of music records over a century.

Born in Germany in 1851 to a Jewish merchant family, Emil Berliner emigrated to the US aged 19 where he settled in New York and began working as a newspaper delivery man and bottle cleaner. However invention was his true passion and at night he would spend his time studying physics. As his knowledge grew he was able to develop ideas for several new creations including, in 1886, the gramophone. Originally Berliner meant for it to be used as a simple toy, but after securing investment from a group of business men in 1895 he set up a company and began making seven inch records.

Beginning with Berliner's invention, this exhibition traces the history of the music record. Not only was the gramophone an incredible technolochanggical feat, but it also meant transformed music from a live experience to a form of mass entertainment.

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Sun – Thu, 10am – 5pm
Fri, 10am – 2pm

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