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The Who Sell Out: still a searing satire on pop’s commercial breakdown
Filled with product placement and advertising, the band’s newly reissued 1967 album put the pop in pop art, by showing how closely music was entwined with capital

Alexis Petridis

26, Apr, 2021 @10:03 AM

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UK vinyl spending on track to overtake CDs for first time since 1987
Sales surge as music fans indulge in classic LPs during coronavirus lockdown

Mark Sweney

23, Mar, 2021 @3:00 PM

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‘It’s the ritual’: vinyl sales look set to break Australian records, so who is still buying CDs?
Computers and cars may no longer come with disc drives – but there are still stalwarts committed to CDs

Celina Ribeiro

23, Mar, 2021 @2:21 AM

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Gang of Four: 'They made me realise anything is possible'
Guitarist Andy Gill was working on a 40th anniversary album when he died last year. Now famous fans – from the Chilis’ Flea to La Roux – have finished the job, and Damien Hirst has designed the sleeve. They talk about what the band meant to them

Dave Simpson

15, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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‘Right now I’m into Libyan reggae’: the music label delving into the Arab world's back catalogue
Jannis Stürtz has trawled Casablanca and rooted around a factory in Sousse for music. The Habibi Funk founder talks about his passion for Tunisian disco, Sudanese jazz and Lebanese soft rock

Alexis Petridis

22, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Record by near-unknown producer sells for $41,000 to become most expensive on Discogs
Producer Scaramanga Silk, who earns nothing from sale to anonymous bidder, is baffled: ‘I do not believe that any record is worthy of such a valuation’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

03, Feb, 2021 @4:55 PM

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Kyrgyzstan ballads, Okinawan folk, Ugandan hymns … the album rewriting global music history
Excavated Shellac rejects the western canon of pop, rock, jazz, classical and more to champion 78rpm gems from overlooked corners of the world – ‘an alternate universe’, according to the man behind it

Garth Cartwright

26, Jan, 2021 @10:35 AM

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Keep Christmas baubles up through lockdown | Brief letters
Brief letters: Christmas decorations | Use for old Guardians | LP fans | Voice notes


05, Jan, 2021 @5:52 PM

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UK music streaming hits a high note amid the lows of Covid
Lewis Capaldi leads the way as format accounts for more than 80% of music consumption in 2020

Gwyn Topham

04, Jan, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Elvis meets the Evil Dead as comedy rewinds to the VHS era
The cult show that splices Evil Dead II with Elvis Presley hits is now on video cassette as standups hark back to retro formats

Brian Logan

08, Dec, 2020 @7:35 AM

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Back on track: UK vinyl sales heading for best year in three decades
Fans unable to go to gigs in Covid pandemic spend money instead on record collections

Mark Sweney Media business correspondent

21, Nov, 2020 @8:30 AM

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$5 gigs, not $10m deals: the story of US punk label Dischord Records
With no contracts and cheap releases from the likes of Fugazi and Minor Threat, Ian MacKaye and comrades rejected booze, drugs and riches to give US punk a conscience. They look back on 40 years of righteous noise

Daniel Dylan Wray

20, Nov, 2020 @8:00 AM

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