In the Groove

The Vinyl Record and Turntable Revolution

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Pub Date 31 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 3 Oct 2023

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Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first commercial LP with this authoritative, highly illustrated, and multi-faceted look at the history and culture of vinyl record collecting and turntables.

Vinyl records continue to be hot commodities among everyone from obsessive audiophiles to newbie collectors getting their toes wet. In the Groove: The Vinyl Record and Turntable Revolution is the book for both—and everyone in between. Published to mark the 75th year since the introduction of the commercial LP, In the Groove is written by a roster of well-known music journalists, vinyl junkies, and stereophiles teaming up to present a gorgeous tribute to the vinyl LP and the culture it has spawned:
  • Richie Unterberger explores the history of the 33 1/3 LP, including its predecessor, the 78rpm record, the first commercial LPs, the pressing process, stereo vs. mono, and formats like the 7-inch/45rpm record.
  • Gillian Gaar tackles those temples to the turntable: record stores. Inside, she examines the history of LP merchandising everywhere from department stores to headshops, Record Store Day, the artist in-store appearance, and swap meets and record shows.
  • Martin Popoff pens a paean to the physical object itself, discussing the advent of the sleeve, the great LP covers, famous sleeve designers, liner notes and packaging, colored vinyl, and more.
  • Matt Anniss looks at the collecting hobby and topics like obsessive collectors, what makes a great listening space, playing and caring for vinyl, collecting and vinyl in DJ and hip-hop cultures, and the mixtape phenomenon.
  • Ken Micallef, a top hifi journalist, has the gearheads covered with explanations of turntables from portables to audiophile-quality units, the workings and parts of a turntable from motors and tonearms to plinths and cartridges, and the components of a system.

In the Groove is illustrated throughout with images of gear, listening spaces, record stores, sleeve art, and celebrities and musicians enjoying the vinyl hobby through the decades. Brief, entertaining sidebars cover topics like famous labels from Stax to Sub Pop, famous EPs, well-known record stores, milestone LP covers, a beginner’s guide to grading, and formats that have challenged the supremacy of the LP, including 8-track, reel-to-reel, and cassette.

Feel the groove with this effervescent ode to vinyl.
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first commercial LP with this authoritative, highly illustrated, and multi-faceted look at the history and culture of vinyl record collecting and turntables.


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As an avid reader and vinyl collector, it was so cool to have two of my favorite hobbies come together in this book. I absolutely loved this. This coffee table style book is broken down into five sections: the history and rise of LPs and vinyl records, information about turntables and vinyl record set ups, vinyl record sleeves and artwork, shopping at record stores, and information around collecting records.

There are beautiful photographs throughout of iconic vinyl records, sleeve art, images from the vinyl making process, and more. There's also a beginner guide to grading, making this a great resource for any vinyl record collector or appreciator.

I will absolutely be buying a physical copy of this book and cannot wait to share it with all of my vinyl collecting friends!

Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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As a fan of vinyl, this book brought back so many memories. Going to the record store, browsing through the bins, listening to the record/album before buying. This book gives you so much information about vinyl records but also well known record stores and album covers that have stood the test of time. Awesome read. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the author for the ARC of this book in return for my honest opinion. Receiving the book in this manner had no bearing on my review.

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As a (new) vinyl collector. This book was a fantastic read and filled with some awesome history and images. I plan to get this book for a good friend of mine's birthday this year - it's the perfect gift for the music lover and vinyl collector in your life.

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In The Groove was a fun and quick read. My parents bought a stereo console in the late 1950’s. One of the first LP’s they bought was the Smithsonian’s Folksongs collection. The first album I ever bought was by Joan Baez. This is a great history of how the vinyl disc changed our lives!! Everyone had their special artist that they collected as we grew up. We still have a large LP collection and our 1977 turntable. Thank you for the ARC, I loved it!

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