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

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
VINYL MAY BE FINAL NAIL IN CD’S 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 Elboroug
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Soft Skull Press (first published July 10th 2008)
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Tosh
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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 m ...more
Louise
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Laura Vona
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 more 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
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Palmyrah
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 quite 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 equally pseudonymous, and in a similar way.
Neil
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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“The catechism of the vinyl LP involved a complex series of rituals over sleeves, sides played, needles, fluff and cloths, that were only enhanced by the scents of the record (rather waxy) and cardboard (woodlouse dampish, if anything) that mingled with the actions like incense.” 0 likes
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