I’ve never heard of a “boombox archivist” before, but that’s a good term for anyone who collects these things. Miles Lightwood is such a person and runs a site called Boomboxラジカセ Creators. Collectors Weekly interviewed him about boomboxes and why they had just an impact on society for a while.
In my mind, the first device that’s like the urban boombox of popular culture is the JVC RC-550, which was a monster box. It’s got a 10-inch woofer, it looks mean, and it’s got lights and the whole package. That was made in ’75.
If you ever owned a boombox–hell, I’ve got about six in my basement–this is fascinating stuff. Continue reading.
(Via Boing Boing)