How a fire in the Inland Empire could spell doom for the worldwide vinyl LP boom

A fire at Apollo Masters in Banning, Calif., on Feb. 6 has disrupted the supply chain for lacquers essential for making vinyl albums. (Cal Fire)

Some experts fear that a fire last week at a lacquer manufacturing plant in Banning, Calif., could lead to a worldwide shortage in vinyl LPs.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Overlooked No More: Robert Johnson, Bluesman Whose Life Was a Riddle

A photo booth portrait of the blues musician Robert Johnson. It was taken around 1930 and is one of two confirmed photographs of him.CreditCredit© 1986 Delta Haze Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.

Johnson gained little notice in his life, but his songs — quoted by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin — helped ignite rock ‘n’ roll.


Rolling Stones’ ‘Circus,’ once lost and unfinished, will receive a theatrical release

John Lennon and Mick Jagger in “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.” (ABKCO Films)

For over two decades, “The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus” was a lost film, unfinished and unseen, more rumor than pop culture memory. Now, in time for the North American leg of the Stones’ ongoing No Filter Tour, “Circus” has been remastered for a limited U.S. theatrical run.


How stereo was first sold to a skeptical public

Record companies tried to hook listeners with demonstration records featuring vivid graphics. From the collection of Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder.

Sixty years ago, stereo promised to forever change the way people listened to music. But how could record companies convince customers to buy a new record player, speakers and amplifier?

Source: The Conversation