the expense and inconvenience of collecting vinyl today

Estimated reading time is 1 minute.

MY OLD (OLD) BUDDY, Jerichau St. John, posted a cartoon on my Facebook page. It struck an immediate chord in my record collector’s soul. I left a comment for JSJ and then went looking for the image online. I found it and I am sharing it here with my readers. The cartoon is by Alex Gregory and was published in The New Yorker on May 25, 2015.

 

AlexGregory cartoon vinyl 1000

 

The comment that I left on Facebook was, “I’m guessing the cartoonist didn’t witness all his friends giving their turntables and LPs to Goodwill thirty years ago and then buying hugely expensive (and usually shitty) CD players and replacing all those LPs they paid $5 apiece for with CDs that cost $15 apiece.

The best part was when all their ‘perfect digital sound’ CDs were replaced by better, more perfect CDs a few years later—which cost $18 apiece.

Then came gold-plated with even more perfect sound.

Then came 24-bit CDs . . .”

 

Turntable Grammy 1600

FEATURED IMAGE: I found this nifty photo of a turntable and record on the Grammy website accompanying an article titled “HD Vinyl Albums Expected As Early As Summer 2019.” Which can be read cynically as yet another move/ploy by the recording industry to get inveterate vinyl junkies (the addiction is apparently to buying, not listening) to buy their umpteenth copy of RUBBER SOUL and BORN TO RUN at $25-30 a pop.

Find more Alex Gregory cartoons at Cartoon Collections.

 

HD vinyl albums expected which can be read cynically as yet another ploy to get inveterate vinyl junkies to buy their umpteenth copy of RUBBER SOUL and BORN TO RUN at $25-30 a pop. Share on X

 

 

Leave a Comment