VOR 70 JAHREN: ERSTE HANDELSÜBLICHE VINYL-PLATTE IN DEUTSCHLAND AUF MESSE VORGESTELLT
- Aug 31, 2021
The first long-playing record as we know and appreciate it today was presented in Germany by Deutsche Grammophon at the German Music Fair in Düsseldorf on August 31, 1951: Vinyl, microgroove, 33 1/3 turns. That was 70 years ago now, and this date almost became a purely historical commemoration for the music world. Because in the 90s, the vinyl record had already been declared a discontinued model. Labels, musicians and the media were already predicting the end of the medium when vinyl suddenly started to turn over again. This trend was promoted not least by consumers, who ensured that vinyl sales never came to a standstill, especially in subcultures. This year, companies around the world are once again selling millions of records, and pressing plants are experiencing a backlog of orders because there are now too few of these plants to meet the existing demand. Even the production of vinyl records has become problematic, because both the corresponding equipment has been discarded and important know-how about the production process has been lost.