The War Of The Formats


As I recall in this oral history, it was only twenty years ago, well, more like thirty now, that digital didn’t exist in the world of music. Cheap record stores were filled with milk crates holding the latest albums and just behind them were some more that you had never heard of but you did in that maybe a friend said it was good, so you bought that too. The shrink wrapped albums were slippery to tuck under the armpit on the way home and if more than one record was bought you could kiss the use of your hands goodbye.

And when returning home, there was the sound of the record sliding out of the sleeve that caught the grooves of the record when it was pulled out askew. Carefully, but sometimes not so carefully, it was threaded onto the velvet bed and the refreshing snap and hissing noise…

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