The Essay - The Lost World Of The LP
Monday 3 December to Friday 7 December
BBC RADIO 3
Other musical formats have come and gone, but even in the age of streaming the 12 inch LP is prospering. In this opening essay, David Hepworth explores the reasons why we are so attached to this format.
Today, David Hepworth recalls the heyday of the town centre record shop and the delights (and risks) involved in browsing the record racks, purchasing an album and taking it home on the bus.
The cassette, the Walkman and the iPod have come and gone, but in this time of streaming and digital downloads the LP is making a comeback. Today David recalls the rituals involved in playing a record.
David explores the great days of the album sleeve, and the creativity and innovation which went into some of the iconic record covers and their lasting appeal.
In the final essay of the series, David recalls writing and commissioning record reviews.
- Producer: Jordan Thomas
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