Hypnotized by the turntable
A low, nearly inaudible, yet cult-like whisper can be heard from the small and narrow corridors that make up a small vinyl store located nearby Cornwall.
Suddenly, a man wearing a thin winter coat is seen emerging from the corridor’s dim light. In his hands are three records: an album from the renowned Jimmy Hendrix and two from the now defunct Quebec-based band, Beau Dommage.
The shop owner, sporting a warm smile and a slight stubble on his chin, examines the vinyl. “They sure were popular when I was younger,” said owner Brian Lipsin, as he brushes the accumulated dust on the cover of the albums. Surrounding him are thousands of records, ranging from country, jazz, rock and roll and even newer release.
For even if they were replaced by compact discs, records are slowly creeping out of the history books and attracting more and more followers.
Vinyl sales were at an all-time high from the 1950s to the late 1980s, finally giving way to compact discs and later, digital downloads. Yet, since 2007, vinyl sales have made a sudden small increase, starting its comeback, and by the early 2010’s it was growing at a very fast rate. In some regions of the world, such as Great Britain, Canada and the United States, vinyl is now more popular than it was in the late 1980’s.
The Vinyl tidal wave hits Cornwall
Closer to home, in Cornwall, several residents have exhibited symptoms of vinyl fever. These include an irrational love of older styled milk crates, an itch to look through yard sales in the hopes of discovering a hidden gem and a feverish need to see the Frisbee shaped discs spin on their turntable.