Simply put, Bill Hanley wanted things to sound better.
How much better? John Kane, a scholar who has made Hanley the focus of his doctoral thesis, argues that Hanley was an East Coast pioneer in sound engineering whose success at amplifying and reinforcing music on stage to the ears of ever-growing audiences helped to facilitate the golden age of music festivals in the 1960s and 1970s.
Hanley – dubbed “the Father of Festival Sound” — and younger brother Terry, who together ran Hanley Sound, Inc., will be honored in their hometown of Medford Oct. 19 with a ceremony and placement of a historical marker at the 430 Salem St. site that formerly housed their business. It is now a Dunkin’ Donuts. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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