The Vinyl Countdown The Album from LP to iPod and Back

The Vinyl Countdown The Album from LP to iPod and Back Again [PDF / Epub] ☄ The Vinyl Countdown The Album from LP to iPod and Back Again By Travis Elborough – VINYL MAY BE FINAL NAIL IN CD’S COFFIN ran the headline in a Wired magazine article in October 2007Ever since the arrival of the long—playing record in 1948 the album has acted as the soundtrack t VINYL MAY Countdown The PDF ↠ BE FINAL NAIL IN CD’S COFFIN ran the headline in a Wired magazine article in October Ever since the arrival of the long—playing record in The Vinyl MOBI :º 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 Vinyl Countdown The PDF/EPUB ê lapses in tasteIn The Vinyl Countdown Travis Elborough explores the way in which particular albums are deeply embedded in cultural history or so ubiuitous as to be almost Vinyl Countdown The Album from PDF/EPUB ² 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 Vinyl Countdown The Album from PDF/EPUB ² 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 anythingElborough 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.

10 thoughts on “The Vinyl Countdown The Album from LP to iPod and Back Again

  1. Tosh Tosh says:

    When I saw this book at The Last Bookstore I thought it would be about the history of vinyl and how it got turned into the world of CD's and MP3s and the cover does convey it as being a technical book about the nature of the recorded business and medium But alas that is not the case at all Basically a book by Travis Elborough on the history of Western pop music through his eyes And he's an amusing writer and I pretty much agree with him on the subject matter and their albums But it is mostly about music and it covers all the iconic music movements of the past 50 years or so It does cover the subject matter of album length and concepts for instance in the world of Frank Sinatra who may or may not be the first artist to use the album as a concept project But Elborough mostly spends his time and the book is 395 pages long not including its excellent biblography section on music history as he sees it So it is very much of a subjective view on pop and it touches lightly on the merits of vinyl and the CD world In fact it barely touches on new technology whatsoever Still an enjoyable read but not necessary the essential book on pop and very little information on the technical world of the CD and MP3

  2. Louise Louise says:

    Some interesting information in this but I can't help but find it a bit unorganised in layout and can be a bit irritating to read

  3. David Evans David Evans says:

    Terrific read Very good on the technical history of the LP that only came into being in 1948 it’s size fixed by being able to cram Beethoven’s Eroica on to 2 sides of microgrooved vinyl allowing 17 minutes on each Columbia had unwittingly hit on the ideal format for the home consumption of music whereas their keen rivals RCA stuck to the 45 RPM disc that allowed rock and roll singles to stack up on millions of DansettesSome other things I learnedLP’s have 225 minutes per side with 224 300 grooves per inch78’s have 90 grooves per inch and contain emery powder and limestone which causes the hiss and makes them brittle as well as having a finite life of less than 100 playsWWII triggered a shortage of shellac from Asia leading to the development of polyvinylsThe German Company BASF invented recording tape which was highly secret and intrigued the allies who couldn’t work out how Radio Frankfurt could play whole symphonies without a break or musicians playing live all nightThe record sleeve had to be invented in 1939 by Eric Steinweiss of Columbia RecordsThe first LP released was Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor Opus 64 by Bruno Walter and the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of NYC This may be it Which is obviously not vinylTold with wry amusement with a good deal of footnotes and witty allusions even Gripper Stebson gets an honourable mention as a nod to fans of Grange Hill

  4. Laura Vona Laura Vona says:

    A lively and informative romp through the history of modern recorded music By no means a definative history the author lets us know this right fromt he start this book reads like one man's history of his experiences with his own collection The author's style reminds me alot of my favorite authors from the many issues of Creem Circus and Rip magazines that I read voraciously while in my teen years while adding to my own collection of music He's not a historian he's a fan at heart and that passion for the media shines through in this great fun to read and highly entertaining book

  5. Palmyrah Palmyrah says:

    I wasn’t sure whether to give this three stars or four Sloppy editing is the main reason it gets three I rally enjoyed the book – loved the subject matter liked the treatment found the author’s sense of humour uite refreshing in places If I have a complaint it’s that the writing is generic rock biography style as seen in Behind the Shades and the like Perhaps Travis Elborough and Clinton Heylin are the same person? Both names sound eually pseudonymous and in a similar way

  6. Neil Neil says:

    I grew up loving collecting records so this book was right up my street With the benefit of hindsight skipping the jazz chapter would've been a good idea although it's importance to the LP's development is significant and mutual And then there was Yes

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