Special Issue: The History of Vinyl

American History Now presents a curated experiment in a collaborative history of vinyl records.

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Vinyl for Hipsters vs. Vinyl for High Holy Days: Or, “Old School Columbia Records”

Vinyl records capture the imagination. In my hometown of Olympia, Washington, independent craft artists fashion bowls to and household items out of vinyl, appealing to the local indie market. In Brooklyn, the hipster set has revived an interest in vinyl records. I, too, have always seen the charm in theRead More…

Turn your Digital into Vinyl

A German company, vinylrecorder.com,  has come up with a home record lathe that takes any digital file and cuts it onto a vinyl disk. You can see an entertaining video about the process at the link below. The man in the video is entirely wrong about digital files and stairsteppingRead More…

We Buy White Albums

Rutherford Chang is a New York-based artist who collects the Beatles’ White Album, and only the White Album. At present he has over 900 copies of the first pressing of the record. Mr. Chang’s interest in the album centers on the way that the all white album covers display theRead More…

Vinyl Still Circulates

One of my responsibilities as Multimedia & Web Services Librarian at City Tech is overseeing the numerous media collections we have. I recently weeded numerous broken VHS cassettes, 3.5″ floppy discs, incompatible CD-ROMs from the 90s, audio cassettes, and currently 8mm and 16mm reel to reel films. What is most interesting is that we still… Read more »

The Work of Vinyl in the Age of Digital Reproduction

n.b. from the Editors: The original presentation of this piece contained pop-up annotations by the authors throughout the text. Those annotations have been converted to footnotes for the purpose of this reproduction. n.b. from Ted: I posed my responses in the form of interleaved paraphrasings of what Njoroge and Rich wrote. ConsiderRead More…

Vinyl is the real deal. I've always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don't really own the album. And it's not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive. ----- Jack White