THE SOUND OF TAP
Tap Dancing on Record (1926-1965)

a tap dance history project by Uwe Meusel
(please also see Content and Interview)

The German publisher Kamprad has taken down the project on September 3, 2020 after a 7 month subscription period due to the low response during the pandemic. 

We are still collecting pre-orders and as of September 3, 2020 we have reached 116 subscriptions. Please order your copy through the contact form for the time being.  

The subsription price is 299,- € incl. taxes plus shipping.  For orders from outside the EU the net price is 270,96 € plus shipping. Once we reach 350 subscriptions and/or find sponsors we hope to get this incredible Audio Tap History published in 2021. 

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„The Sound of Tap“ presents the first 40 years of recorded tap dancing worldwide. This great American artform developed along with Jazz music from Swing to Bebop and Bigband, but also touches other genres like Blues, Cabaret, Musical Show and even classical music. At the same time the change of recording techniques from cylinder and 78rpm records to Singles (7”) and LPs in stereo sound can be traced during this period.

„The Sound of Tap“ is for all tap dancers, teachers, students and lovers of the art of tap dancing as well as for lovers of swing music. Being dedicated to the history of recorded tap dancing, it documents the audio side of tap, which has not been particularly focused on so far. More than half of the 375 largely unknown recordings will be published on CD for the first time. All efforts have been made to achieve the best possible audio quality.

Some CDs (part 3) deal with the pedagogic aspect of tap dance and its related topics: rhythm presentation, notation and terminology. This is done by means of historical documents, that were not accessible until today. This part is supported by 391 extra pages of printed material (PDF) to be found on the DVD. Bonus CDs 14 and 15 leave the given time frame, presenting selected recordings between 1973 and 2009. This part serves as a bridge to the younger past of audio recordings which are discussed in the last chapter. The book, written in English language, contains liner notes for each CD and 77 detailed biographies of the recording artists with pictures.