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The Vinyl Countdown: The Album from LP to iPod and Back Again

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ISBN10: 1593762372
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VINYL MAY BE FINAL NAIL IN CDS COFFIN ran the headline in a Wired magazine article in October 2007.

Ever since the arrival of the long—playing record in 1948, the album has acted as the soundtrack to our lives. Record collections—even on a CD or iPod-are personal treasures, revealing our loves, errors in judgment, and lapses in taste.

In The Vinyl Countdown, Travis Elborough explores the way in which particular albums are deeply embedded in cultural history or so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible. While music itself has experienced several different movements over the past sixty years, the album has remained a constant. But the way we listen to music has changed in the last ten years. In the age of the iPod, when we can download an infinite number of single tracks instantaneously, does the concept of the album mean anything?

Elborough moves chronologically through relevant periods, letting the story of the LP, certain genres, youth cults, and topics like sleeve designs, shops, drugs, and education unfurl as he goes along. The Vinyl Countdown is a brilliant piece of popular history, an idiosyncratic tribute to a much-loved part of our shared consciousness, and a celebration of the joy of records.

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Terry Labach, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Terry Labach)
As a dedicated vinyl listener, what first attracted me to this book
was the subtitle: "...from LP to iPod and Back Again". The vinyl LP
has remained surprisingly durable and long-lived, decades after its
invention. Travis Elborough offers a simultaneous history of pop
music, global culture, and the stereophonic advance of technology.

Elborough celebrates the complete sensual nature of the LP - the
extended listening time compared to a 78, the feel and ritual of
placing it on the turntable, and iconic album covers. He also
draws attention to some of its other cultural effects of the LP, from
Frank Sinatra to Sgt. Pepper, from DJs to Run DMC.

The book does suffer from some rather long bouts of meandering where
we are treated to the author's unique view of the history of popular
music. His anecdotes and comments (both sarcastic and loving) are
still enjoyable to read.
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ISBN:
9781593762377
Author:
Elborough, Travis
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Popular music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8 x 5.75 in 16 oz

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VINYL MAY BE FINAL NAIL IN CDS COFFIN ran the headline in a Wired magazine article in October 2007.

Ever since the arrival of the long—playing record in 1948, the album has acted as the soundtrack to our lives. Record collections—even on a CD or iPod-are personal treasures, revealing our loves, errors in judgment, and lapses in taste.

In The Vinyl Countdown, Travis Elborough explores the way in which particular albums are deeply embedded in cultural history or so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible. While music itself has experienced several different movements over the past sixty years, the album has remained a constant. But the way we listen to music has changed in the last ten years. In the age of the iPod, when we can download an infinite number of single tracks instantaneously, does the concept of the album mean anything?

Elborough moves chronologically through relevant periods, letting the story of the LP, certain genres, youth cults, and topics like sleeve designs, shops, drugs, and education unfurl as he goes along. The Vinyl Countdown is a brilliant piece of popular history, an idiosyncratic tribute to a much-loved part of our shared consciousness, and a celebration of the joy of records.

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