Sounds familiar? How we came from 78s to digital downloads
Today, recorded music is available wherever we go, by merely pushing a button or touching the screen of a digital device, making hardware such as LPs, cassettes – and, increasingly, CDs – redundant. How did we get there?
My correspondent Michael Clarke says his journey into sound started in the living room of his terraced New Park Street boyhood home, in Leicester's West End.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was musically weaned listening to vintage 78rpm shellac records of Al Bowley, Vera Lynn, Prima Scala's Accordian Band, Arthur Tracey "The Street Singer", Master Joe... read more
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