I talk about record decks a lot, but if you really want to get serious on the subject, check out the Revolution, The History of Turntable Design book.
And I mean serious. Phaidon’s publications are a work of art. Admittedly, they are not the cheapest on the market, but when it comes to coffee table books and detailed reference works, they really are hard to beat.
And I can’t see this new book by Gideon Schwartz, a follow-up to a very impressive previous work, being any different. If you have an interest in record decks/turntables from over the years and into the present era, this is one for your Christmas list.
A large format first edition covering 264 pages, the book covers ‘the design, history, and cultural impact of turntables and vinyl technology’.
According to Phaidon:
Interest in turntables and records is enjoying a renaissance as analog natives and new converts find their enduring style and extraordinary sound inimitable.
Revolution, a follow-up to Phaidon’s beloved Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design, explores the design and cultural impact of the turntable, the component at the center of the ‘vinyl revival’. An essential book for audiophiles, collectors, and design fans, Revolution showcases the fascinating history of turntables and vinyl technology from the 1950s to today’s cutting-edge designs.
Written by Schwartz, who is an audio design expert and passionate about analog music, this book includes 300 illustrations from the world of turntables, from affordable to high-end, and everything in between. An essential addition to the bookshelf for analog natives and those new to the vinyl revival as well as music and design lovers.
I told you it was impressive. The book is available for pre-order now ahead of a 13th October release date, selling for £74.95.