A Sound Revolution
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A Sound Revolution. The true story of Marie Louise Killick's valiant fight against powerful men in the musical world. They had pirated her invention of a stylus that was to revolutionize the quality of sound reproduction of gramophone records. Despite winning her 10 year legal battle in The Royal Courts of Justice in London, England, her opponents, Pye Radio, found other means to ensure she never received her damages – worth millions. Manoeuvred into bankruptcy, she spent three years trying to prevent the Official Receiver from settling her damage claim against Pye Radio for a derisory sum. She died at the age of 49, penniless and homeless. During her fight she was 'kidnapped', her supporters were assaulted and even her solicitor was frightened off the case. During the fight, she was hounded from pillar to post and forced to spend six weeks with her children living in a builder's yard. Truly a story of enormous courage and tenacity on her part to bring the men who had robbed... More > her to justice!< Less
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Oct 6, 2013"She won the battle but lost the war!" This is a true story about a strong, courageous, intelligent woman who took on a big corporation. At a time during the 1950's when women were looked upon as being inferior to men, she went to battle against Pye Radio. In the Royal Courts of Justice in London, she won her case against Pye Radio that they had infringed her patent rights of a gemstone stylus. Pye Radio had manufactured a counterfeit product and she fought for years after that to obtain a monetary settlement that was rightfully hers. She and her four children endured many hardships along the way as she struggled to keep her family together and to continue with her legal battle with Pye Radio. Even as she was dying with cancer, she continued to review legal documents with her daughter so that she could leave a monetary legacy for her children. But alas, this does not have a happy ending! The executives of Pye Radio should hang their heads in shame! There are references in... More > the book about legal documents and proceedings that, as an American, I am not familiar with but otherwise a captivating book. Well written. Kay Barbour< Less
Sep 15, 2013I found it necessary to create a second edition of 'A Sound Revolution' to enable me to insert a ISBN number. Unfortunately this meant losing the reviews for the first edition. For the readers information I have included below in quotes, Barrie Blake-Colman's Review, " 19-Nov-2012" " This book under other circumstances might be treated as fiction, if it were not for the fact that the story is true and constitutes an instance where truth is most definitely stranger than fiction. Reading the tragic story of Marie Killick one can be led to believe that justice is hardly ever done and that in the last analysis vested interests make a mockery of what one should rightfully expect. Granted, Marie Killick made the mistake of over estimating the likely proceeds from her hard won court victory over Pye, running up substantial debts in the interim. But Pye and other manufacturers had created her financial problems in the first place and had the court settlement been promptly... More > decided and paid this would never have put her in an invidious position where Pye was able to control her ability to pay her legal costs and her debtors. In the end, facing an unbowed and determined Marie Killick , they resorted to scare tactics and extreme threats making Marie and her children hide in fear of their lives. One can hardly credit the fact that this story took place in England in the 1950's and early 1960's and yet it did! Those reading Marie Killick's story will find it harrowing, tragic and deeply sad not least because what happened to Marie Killick is a reflection on how easy it is for justice to be usurped and corporate interests to attack any individual with a legitimate claim against them. The faceless and anonymous Pye executive of the time have a lot to answer for!"< Less
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- Cynthia Killick (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- Cynthia Killick
- July 1, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 2.32 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 7.44 wide x 9.68 tall
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