by Milo Sumner in New Music on Monday 21 July 2014

In recent years the iconic vinyl has been supplanted by compact discs and it’s successors. That is to say, it was supplanted in the minds of the manufacturers at least. In actual fact however, a persistent appreciation for vinyl discs as the primary musical object has endured and flourished decades after it was declared ‘obselete’.

Vinyl was then, and is now, the go-to choice for DJs, collectors and true music fans, proving that leaps in technological advancement are not the only benchmark of progress and quality. Indeed vinyl is now the fast growing music format in terms of sales.

In partnership with Dominik Bartmanski, Australian Dr Ian Woodward will soon publish Vinyl, a book that explores the reasons behind vinyl discs’ endurance as both hugely significant cultural object and preferred musical format. Woodward is now deputy director of cultural research and teaches Sociology, one of fourteen majors in the Bachelor of Arts program, at Griffith University, Queensland.

When researching into the study topic of vinyl however, Woodward was obliged to travel far from home to speak to those who might provide insight into the enigmatic cultural phenomenon.

The publishers, Bloomsbury, say: ‘The book is informed by media analysis, urban ethnography and interviews with musicians, DJs, record store owners, boutique label chiefs and collectors within a range of urban centres renowned for thriving music scenes, including Melbourne, London, New York, Tokyo and Berlin’.

There’s more information about the book here.

NB… Photos taken by the authors.