September 3, 2023
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Why does vinyl continue to be so popular in the digital age? Here are some explanations

Have you been caught up in the vinyl resurrection? Have you thought to ask why you’ve become besotted with records again?

Forbes caught up with music writer Marcus Barnes and asked him to explain why vinyl continues to grow in popularity when so much of our other entertainment comes from the digital realm.

Barnes starts by explaining how the appeal of vinyl makes perfect sense even as the world trends towards purely digital means of cultural consumption, “There’s an air of romance that surrounds record collecting and the shops that curate, stockpile and sell vinyl. The notion that music in its tangible, ‘organic’ form has more value than its digital counterpart is one contemporary reason for this romantic idealism.”

Barnes continues, reflecting on the historical aspects of vinyl collecting culture, “Way before the digital age was upon us, vinyl still carried that mystique and became a collectible medium. From the days when everyone would gather around the wind-up gramophone to hear those exciting first crackles of a classical recording, to the era when one’s Hi-Fi system and record collection was the centerpiece of their living space. Today we still have a multitude of collectors hunting down rare pressings, eager to track down those elusive, mythical one-offs that are said to be out there.”

Read the whole article here.

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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