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Why Vinyl Matters: A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

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Accent Press
01 December 2017
Music; Rock & Pop music; Music recording & reproduction; Social & cultural history; Music industry
In 2015, vinyl sales in the US increased by 30% - a raise for the tenth year in succession - and 1.29 million vinyl albums were sold in the UK in 2014, the first time the million mark has been surpassed since 1996. Vinyl, once thought to be a dying market, is now facing a major revival.

Pop culture writer and historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike interviews some of our most iconic artists, including hip-hop stars, Indie legends, DJs, producers, album cover designers, photographers, label founders and record store owners. Each superstar and superfan talks about their own experiences of vinyl and what it means to them, and the importance of its re-emergence - seemingly against all odds - as a physical format in the era of the digital economy.

Includes interviews with:
Fat Boy Slim; Tim Burgess (Charlatans); Henry Rollins (musician, actor, writer, comedian); Gaz Coombes (Supergrass); Lars Ulrich (Metallica); Maxi Jazz (Faithless); Rob da Bank (DJ and founder of Bestival); Clint Boone (Inspiral Carpets); Mike Ness (Social Distortion); Chief Xcel (Blackalicious); Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5); Fab 5 Freddy (hip hop pioneer, visual artist); Fat Mike (NOFX); Julia Ruzicka (Future of the Left); Steve Hackett (Genesis); Nick Hornby.
By:   Jennifer Otter Bickerdike
Imprint:   Accent Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 267mm,  Width: 235mm, 
ISBN:   9781851498635
ISBN 10:   185149863X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 December 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a familiar name in the world of pop culture. An academic, writer and historian, Jennifer remains enthralled by vinyl, and has embarked on a journey to share her passion - and the passion of like-minded stars - with the world. She has authored several books on the topics of music, fandom and celebrity cultism, such as Fandom, Image and Authenticity: Joy, Devotion and the Second Lives of Kurt Cobain and Ian Curtis (2014) and The Secular Religion of Fandom (2015).

Reviews for Why Vinyl Matters: A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans

Music is essential to life beyond the existential flatline of the day-to-day. Vinyl is its coolest messenger. That's why vinyl matters.--Henry Rollins To many, vinyl is indeed here to stay, which is what makes Why Vinyl Matters such a fun and timely celebration of the format.--LA Weekly A return for near death celebrated.--The Herald A chatty dipper of a book, aimed squarely at those of us who continue to revel in this classic format.--The Arts Desk If you still need convincing that the resurgence of vinyl is merely a passing fad then this is the book for you.--Northern Soul The care placed on every page of Why Vinyl Matters, reveals that we are dealing with a work done with love.--Rua De Baixo There are few back from the dead stories that are as impressive as the tale of the resurgence of vinyl records.--antiMusic Celebrates vinyl's rich history and promising future.--M Magazine London


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