The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 705: The History of Vinyl, Part 2

On last week’s program, we traced the history of the rotating disc from its invention to the end of the 1940s (yes, there was that much to tell). On part two, we’ll bring things forward to the present. Along the way, we’ll hear about:

  • How the LP and the 45 learned to live together.
  • Who invented that thing that snaps into the big hole of a 45.
  • How the oil crisis of the early 70s sent vinyl into a death spiral.
  • How vinyl survived both the eras of the CD and Napster to come back from the dead
  • The story behind 180-gram vinyl.

You can use this information to amaze your friends and family over holiday dinners. AND  there’s only one more week until the 18th edition of the Xmas show!

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The show is coming soon to Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Victoria and Kingston, so stand by. And if you think your local station should carry the show, lemme know, okay?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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