ON THE RECORD with Garth Cartwright and Travis Elborough
It is now seventy years since Columbia records launched their long-playing record in the summer of 1948. This revolutionary innovation ushered in the era of vinyl as the format for the music that would soundtrack so many lives.
First published ten years ago when the iPod ruled supreme and a vinyl revival seemed an unlikely prospect Travis Elborough’s The Long-Player Goodbye was immediately acclaimed as a brilliant piece of popular history that explored how vinyl changed our world.
The book became the basis for the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World in which he also appeared.
In Going For A Song Garth Cartwright charts the secret history of the UK record shop, from the age of the wax cylinder to the days of dubstep and the resurgence of vinyl and covering the whole colourful story of UK record-buying, from market traders selling music-hall 78s to ravers demanding Detroit techno.
Together Cartwright and Elborough will discuss the artistic highs and mercantile lows of making and selling music and consider the future of records and record retail in an age when even Tesco has a vinyl range.
Garth Cartwright is a New Zealand born, London based journalist, author, DJ and music promoter. Garth contributes to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, websites and radio programmes including The Financial Times, The Guardian, Record Collector, Jazzwise, The New Statesman and Radio 4's Last Word. His previous books include Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians (2005), More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music (2010) and Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History (2012).
Travis Elborough, described by The Guardian as “one of the country’s finest pop culture historians', Travis Elborough has been author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for close to two decade now. His books include Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the seaside and A Walk in the Park, a history of public parks, acclaimed by William Boyd as ‘a fascinating, informative, revelatory book’. His liner notes can be found on the rear sleeve of 2012’s ‘Words and Music by Saint Etienne‘. With Bob Stanley from Saint Etienne, he also co-wrote the script for How We Used to Live, a BFI archive film directed by Paul Kelly, and premiered at the London Film Festival.. Elborough is a regular contributor to the Observer and the Guardian but has written for the Times, Sunday Times, New Statesman, the Oldie, TATE etc., BBC History magazine and Kinfolk among others.
Tickets for this event are £5.00 + booking fee and include a beer or a glass of wine (subject to licence)