GLOSSARY Normally a glossary is added to the end of a work to add clarity and definitions to words that be unfamiliar to the reader. As such there may be some terms used throughout this tome that the reader is unfamiliar with depending on your age, real-world experience or general ignorance. Tome: a book, especially a large, heavy, scholarly one. (See how helpful that was?) 45: Refers to the speed in which a 7 inch record revolves on the turntable. In this case 45 RPMs or Revolutions Per Minute. Hence these records were referred to as “45s.” Strangely enough however, albums, which spun at 33 1/3 RPMs were rarely, if ever, referred to as “33s.” Single: another name for a 45 because it allowed the record companies to feature one potential hit song from the artist. This featured song would be considered the “A side.” A-side: As a record could have a song on both sides (duh) the companies would choose a song that they deemed to be the “hit side” and that they wanted the DJs to play. If an artist was very popular they could have a “double A-side.” Unfortunately this has caused controversy when trying to determine who has sold more records: does a “double A-Side count as selling one record or two? B-side: usually, though not necessarily, a song to be deemed not as strong. Also referred to as the “flip side” as in flip (or turn) the record over.
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