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The History of Vinyl

The History of Vinyl

Sometimes, for some mysterious reason, a great idea of the past comes back suddenly. This is the case of vinyl records, also called Long Playing (LP) or 33 rpm. Vinyl is the abbreviation of polyvinyl chloride, a plastic material and therefore economical and durable.

After Edison’s phonograph and Berliner’s gramophone, in 1948 Columbia Records introduced Long Playing as we know it today. A few months later RCA launched another model destined to become the symbol of an era: the vinyl single or 45 rpm. The two discs, in addition to the resistance and quality of listening, had different formats, speed, and duration: the 45 rpm, with lower diameter and duration and higher sound quality than the LP, was suitable especially for listening to a single song, the so-called "single". A good LP instead lasted about 30 minutes per side and allowed artists to record more songs and to tell real "stories" through their music.


The LP reproduces the music according to an analog system, with a lower quality of the sound due to the many micro distortions caused by the system. Today we are all used to listening to music digitally and for this reason, the Vinyl seemed destined to be put aside or forgotten, but instead, in recent years, the LP market is experiencing a second life.

In conclusion, Vinile remains one of the most symbolic and meaningful objects of the pop culture of the second century.


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