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Sound Systems-1950’s

Edwin Jensen and Peter Pridham, engineers from the American electronics company Magnavox, were among the early pioneers of sound reproduction and amplification. The sound system concept was adopted in the 1950s in Kingston, Jamaica. DJs would load up a truck with a generator, turntables, and huge speakers to set up street parties. The sound systems were big business and represented one of the few sure ways to make money in the unstable economy of the era. The promoter or DJ made his profit by charging admission and selling food and alcohol; often thousands of people were in attendance.