The Long-player Goodbye: The Album from Vinyl to IPod and Back Again

Author(s): Travis Elborough

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For nearly 60 years, since the arrival of the long-playing record in 1948, the album has provided the soundtrack to our lives. Our record collections, even if they're on CD, or these days, an iPod, are personal treasure, revealing our loves, errors of jugdement and lapses in taste. Self-confessed music obsessive, Travis Elborough, explores the way in which particular albums are deeply embedded in cultural history, revered as works of art or so ubiqitous as to be almost invisible. But in the age of the iPod, when we can download an infinite number of single tracks and need never listen to a whole album ever again, does the concept of an album still mean anything? THE LONG-PLAYER GOODBYE is a brilliant piece of popular history and a celebration of the joy of records. If you've ever had a favourite album, you'll love Travis Elborough's warm and witty take on how vinyl changed our world.


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'He's got a happy knack of stuffing sentences with facts, colour and incident' -- Scotland on Sunday 20080713 'Pleasingly compelling...Elborough is a charming, funny and frequently fascinating guide' -- Daily Telgraph 20080726 'Reassuring air of cultural authority... impressive depth of perspective. . admirably persuasive' -- Independent on Sunday 20080729 'Fascinating... very fresh and clear' -- Guardian 20080802 'Wonderful book... a great thundering roar of nostalgia for the LP record.' -- Spectator 20080802 'Elborough has the passion of a true enthusiast... but he's also an indefatigable researcher, who has somehow seen a clear path through the vast amount of material to write a book that reads easily and well but also wholly coherently. Richly enjoyable.' -- Mail on Sunday 20080802 'highly entertaining' -- Independent 20080820 'an affectionate adieu to the format' -- The Long-Player Goobye 20080820 'Lovingly researched' -- TLS 20080905 'pacey narrative' -- New Statesman 20080905 'Very good' -- Herald 20080831

Travis Elborough is a former bookseller and a freelance writer. His previous book, The Bus We Loved: London's affair with the Routemaster was a massive critical success. He lives in London and owns far too many albums for his own good.

General Fields

  • : 9780340934111
  • : Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • : Sceptre
  • : 0.35
  • : June 2009
  • : 198mm X 198mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 464
  • : 782.421640266
  • : Paperback
  • : Travis Elborough