With the news that vinyl sales up another 33% in the US in 2013, there’s been a round of articles speculating on why more and more people are opting for this old analog technology. Slate has even declared 2014 to be the hottest new audio technology of 2014.
A little further down in the article, the author offers a theory about why vinyl continues to make a comeback.
More broadly, the vinyl boom can be seen as yet another manifestation of the societal fetishization of all things “vintage” and analog, which is pretty clearly a response to digitization, corporitization, globalization, and probably some other izations I’m not thinking of right now. Within the music industry, vinyl’s renaissance is also tied to notions of “the album” as a cohesive artistic statement, usually by an actual band. Although 2013’s top vinyl record belonged to Daft Punk, three out of every four LPs sold were rock albums
observes. And about 65 percent were sold at independent music stores.Does this mean we can all go back to calling them record shops?
Vinyl as part of a broader backlash against all the technology in our lives? Never thought about it, but…