'The Vinyl Revival' [DVD]
(Nick Mason, Philip Selway, Ade Utley, et al / DVD / NR / (2019) 2020 / Wienerworld)
Overview: 'The Vinyl Revival' is a fascinating new documentary exploring the renaissance in all things vinyl!
DVD Verdict: From the makers of the acclaimed Last Shop Standing, this new film, 'The Vinyl Revival', charts the amazing revival of vinyl over the past several years.
The film explores the whys and hows with industry pundits, artists, record shop owners, vinyl fans and many more, but running at a underwhelming 43 minutes, it will leave you begging for more, trust me.
As we learn from the off, the industry has a "problem" in that music is actually being purchased again by people, and moreover, the upturn has come mainly focused back on old school vinyl.
So with teenagers now buying records along with the 50-somethings, the turn of the tide has begun within them all to opt out of the digital culture and now have something real to have and to hole.
Directed and produced by Pip Piper, we hear from passionate new record shop owners, the established die-hards still going and thriving, and even get talking head moments from, amongst other, Philip Selway (Radiohead) and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd).
As aforementioned, the film discusses the importance of the record shop and vinyl as a whole and even goes as far as to answer the Why's of vinyl's revival.
The answers take the forms of the human need for belonging, the love of history and the stories of how the humble little record shop has shaped so many lives, and so why not listen to music now as our parents always used to.
Record collecting has lost its image as a hobby for middle-aged men and become instead a pursuit of the most fashion-conscious consumer, but will it last?
What is the future for record shops when vinyl becomes less fashionable, perhaps, inevitably, once again? Or will it? Indeed, why are we in danger of another record shop decline?
So, not only does 'The Vinyl Revival' tells us stories of record days gone by, but bellows endlessly, and rightly so, for the support these bastions of culture to remain strong and ride the tide to a much longer, now possibly inevitable sunset. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
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