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Vinyl

Vinyl

Authors
Publisher Berg
Year 01/12/2014
Edition First
Pages 208
Version paperback
Readership level Professional and scholarly
Language English
ISBN 9780857856616
Categories Music recording & reproduction, Material culture, Social & cultural anthropology
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Recent years have seen not just a revival, but a rebirth of the analogue record. More than merely a nostalgic craze, vinyl has become a cultural icon. As music consumption migrated to digital and online, this seemingly obsolete medium became the fastest-growing format in music sales. Whilst vinyl never ceased to be the favorite amongst many music lovers and DJs, from the late 1980s the recording industry regarded it as an outdated relic, consigned to dusty domestic corners and obscure record shops. So why is vinyl now experiencing a 'rebirth of its cool'?Dominik Bartmanski and Ian Woodward explore this question by combining a cultural sociological approach with insights from material culture studies. Presenting vinyl as a multifaceted cultural object, they investigate the reasons behind its persistence within our technologically accelerated culture. Informed by media analysis, urban ethnography and the authors' interviews with musicians, DJs, sound engineers, record store owners, collectors and cutting-edge label chiefs from a range of metropolitan centres renowned for thriving music scenes including London, New York, Tokyo, Melbourne, and especially Berlin, what emerges is a story of a modern icon. "A passionate ode to the analogue record, and testament to how vinyl embodies the content it mediates, with each record's unique journey etched into the material - The Times Higher Education - Hillegonda C. Rietveld Bartmanski and Woodward have created a masterpiece that any record lover should have on their shelves - Record Collector magazine Vinyl is a state-of-the-art treatment of an unforgettable object and medium that raises many of the issues central to contemporary anthropology. Its subject-matter should make it appealing to students and general audiences, while its theoretical sophistication makes it relevant to scholars of music, technology, popular culture, and cultural objects. - Anthropology Review Database - Jack David Eller Although there have been some attempts in a similar direction ... Bartmanski's and Woodward's book stands out by providing a refreshing perspective on contemporary vinyl culture informed by cultural sociology and material culture studies ... the book is a stimulating in-depth study of a central part of contemporary vinyl culture which complements extant studies on record collectorship and the history of the analogue record. It will be of interest to students and scholars with an interest in auditory and material culture as well as vinyl fans - or those who want to become such. - Inf

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Table of contents

AcknowledgementsPreface1. Vinyl as Record: Several Lives of the 'King Format'2. Medium: Handling and Hearing3. Thing: Qualities and Entanglements4. Commodity: Value and Markets5. Totem: Scene-Making in Urban SpacesEpilogue: Modern IconNotesBibliographyIndex

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