This history of the LP is a must-have for any music connoisseur!
When vinyl LP records took over the music industry in the late 1950s, a new era began. No longer bound by the time constraints of the shellac 78s that had been in use since the 1910s, recording artists could now present an entire album—rather than a lone three-minute single—on a vinyl LP, giving listeners a completely new way to experience their music. In recent years, vinyl has found a second life as an art form, collected and appreciated by music connoisseurs across the world. Vinyl: The Art of Making Records examines the origins of the vinyl format and its evolution throughout the 20th century, and also provides an in-depth look at how vinyl LPs are manufactured and packaged—often with striking artwork that makes them beloved by music enthusiasts today. Also included are four removable art prints, each representing a sample of album covers from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
About the Author
Mike Evans is a graduate of the Cavern Club with two singles on Decca under his belt. He played in the Liverpool Scene, supporting both Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan in 1969. He subsequently moved into radio and writing for Sounds, Melody Maker, and the Guardian. Since the late 1980s, he has written or edited over sixty books on music, movies, and fashion.