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February 14, 2008

The return of the repressed


John Rostron points to the official Sleeveface group on flickr: "upload your sleevefaces here! and check www.sleeveface.com for more sleevefacing fun" (via Knowledge is Power).

Looking through the apparently vast list of submissions to this project, I am struck not only at how clever - even beautiful - so many of them are but at the recycling of culture involved. This is probably the only use younger contributors have ever made of an earlier generation's vinyl. I am, sadly, old enough to have been assistant manager at an A&A Records and Tapes and to remember the excitement and trepidation that came with the introduction of the CD. It was not just the new colder sound of these things but a sense of loss at all that acreage of cover art reduced to the CD's smaller footprint. They were so compact we used to shelve each CD in a cumbersome plastic box three times its length; the new digital format seemed all too easy to steal. Little did any of us see where that logic would lead.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 14, 2008 06:54 AM