American History Now, a PressForward project from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, announces the launch of and invites participation in a special issue on the history of vinyl records. A collaborative project that will culminate in a curated volume, American History Now will publish the work of scholars, collectors, and enthusiasts each week from January 27 through April 28 at americanhistorynow.org.
Interested in participating? If you have thoughts about vinyl, its history, or its current place in American culture, we’re interested in hearing from you. If you collect vinyl, press to vinyl, or sell vinyl, we’d love to hear about your experiences. Please go to americanhistorynow.org and fill out the appropriate form under the “Submit” tab. Previously published or original material of any length is welcome. Posts between 500 and 2500 words are particularly appropriate. We also welcome photographic essays, multi-media presentations, podcasts or videos. In compiling reflections on vinyl that are diverse in kind as well as content, we hope to create a snapshot of the history of vinyl and, at the same time, build a community of participants that will bridge academic divides and invite a broader cultural view of music and record collecting. Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re not interested in contributing a piece of your own, you can still participate. Each piece on the American History Now website can be ranked, and the curators are eager to hear your feedback more directly. Read along and let us know what you think!