Despite supply chain issues, vinyl had another MONSTER year

When vinyl sales ticked back up in 2008, it was easy to look at this as an anomaly, a blip caused largely by the novelty of a new thing called Record Store Day. When the same thing happened in 2009 and 2010, critics dismissed the renewed interest in vinyl as a fad. But fads do not last 14 years.

As 2021 comes to a close, sales of vinyl records are up everywhere, even with the pandemic, delays at pressing plants, and a global shortage of polyvinyl chloride, the raw stuff from which records are made.

The vinyl resurrection is a fad? Hardly.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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