elboroughThis week on The Marketplace of Ideas, Colin Marshall talks to journalist Travis Elborough about the venerable long-playing vinyl album. Elborough’s new book, The Vinyl Countdown: The Album from LP to iPod and Back Again, traces the format from its 1948 inception through the “hi-fi” craze, the groundbreaking uses of the medium by iconic groups such as the Beach Boys and the Beatles, the flamboyant heyday of the concept- and double-album, the vagaries of short-lived subclasses like the quadraphonic 8-track tape, cut-and-paste adoption by hip-hop culture on both the cassette and the twin turntables, and its resurgence in our modern day.

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