Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium
John Corbett is a music critic, record producer, and curator. He is the author of Microgroove: Forays into Other Music and Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein, both also published by Duke University Press, and A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation. His writing has appeared in DownBeat, Bomb, Nka, and numerous other publications. He is the co-owner of Corbett vs. Dempsey, an art gallery in Chicago.
Column Two: 2004–2006
Track two introduces the Vinyl Freak column, explaining the motivation for writing the monthly entries for the jazz magazine and considering the demise and then unexpected return of vinyl records in the waning era of CDs, with special consideration given to the materiality of the vinyl LP, as opposed to the ephemerality of digital formats. A short personal recounting of the author’s involvement in reissuing vinyl on CD follows, ending with a section in which nine explanations of the resurgence of vinyl are offered.