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St. Paul, MN, United States, 2005/08/01 - McNally Smith College of Music’s David Steffen, a former executive at A&M, GRP, and BMG records has authored his first book: From Edison to Marconi: the First Thirty Years of Recorded Music.
With a career in the music business spanning nearly three decades, including senior-level positions at A&M, GRP, and BMG records and teaching posts at Fairfield and New York Universities, McNally Smith College of Music’s David Steffen has used his vast knowledge and experience in the industry to author his first book: From Edison to Marconi: the First Thirty Years of Recorded Music.
Published by McFarland & Company, From Edison to Marconi documents the astonishing and imaginative technological breakthroughs and fascinating personalities that invented the popular music industry.
Steffen, McNally Smith’s Chair of the Music Business Department, joined the college in January, 2004 to develop one of the country’s best music business programs and ensure that students would gain the necessary educational muscle to access industry opportunities post graduation.
At A&M Records, where he spent the majority of his career, Steffen was Senior Vice President, Sales & Distribution. He went on to be Senior Vice President and General Manager of BMG Video, an American division of BMG Records, where he coordinated music video releases and developed new film projects. During his tenure, Steffen worked with Sting, The Police, Janet Jackson, Supertramp, Herb Alpert, Bryan Adams, George Benson, Amy Grant and Diana Krall.
“Edison’s ‘Talking Machine’ was the revolution that led to today’s mp3, and radio remains a powerful global force,” remarks Steffen. “The music industry is built on creative, technical, and entrepreneurial innovations. My students at McNally Smith demonstrate this to me every day.”
McNally Smith is known for faculty and staff that excel in and out of the classroom. From Edison to Marconi is another in a long list of achievements by internationally accomplished faculty members that set McNally Smith apart from traditional music colleges and trade schools.
About McNally Smith College of Music
McNally Smith College of Music (mcnallysmith.edu) offers degrees in Music Performance, Recording Technology, and Music Business. Founded in 1985, the accredited, Saint Paul, Minnesota-based college features uniquely personalized instruction and a Northern European annex, providing its 450+ students with an authentic American popular music education.
Review copies of From Edison to Marconi available upon request.