Subtitle The Vinyl Record and Turntable Revolution

Gillian G. Gaar, Martin Popoff, Richie Unterberger, Matt Anniss, Ken Micallef
Price $40.00 / £28.00
Description Description Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first commercial LP with this authoritative, highly illustrated, and multi-faceted look at the history and culture of vinyl record collecting and turntables.

Vinyl records continue to be hot commodities among everyone from obsessive audiophiles to newbie collectors getting their toes wet. In the Groove: The Vinyl Record and Turntable Revolution is the book for both—and everyone in between. Published to mark the 75th year since the introduction of the commercial LP, In the Groove is written by a roster of well-known music journalists, vinyl junkies, and stereophiles teaming up to present a gorgeous tribute to the vinyl LP and the culture it has spawned:
  • Richie Unterberger explores the history of the 33 1/3 LP, including its predecessor, the 78rpm record, the first commercial LPs, the pressing process, stereo vs. mono, and formats like the 7-inch/45rpm record.
  • Gillian Gaar tackles those temples to the turntable: record stores. Inside, she examines the history of LP merchandising everywhere from department stores to headshops, Record Store Day, the artist in-store appearance, and swap meets and record shows.
  • Martin Popoff pens a paean to the physical object itself, discussing the advent of the sleeve, the great LP covers, famous sleeve designers, liner notes and packaging, colored vinyl, and more.
  • Matt Anniss looks at the collecting hobby and topics like obsessive collectors, what makes a great listening space, playing and caring for vinyl, collecting and vinyl in DJ and hip-hop cultures, and the mixtape phenomenon.
  • Ken Micallef, a top hifi journalist, has the gearheads covered with explanations of turntables from portables to audiophile-quality units, the workings and parts of a turntable from motors and tonearms to plinths and cartridges, and the components of a system.

In the Groove is illustrated throughout with images of gear, listening spaces, record stores, sleeve art, and celebrities and musicians enjoying the vinyl hobby through the decades. Brief, entertaining sidebars cover topics like famous labels from Stax to Sub Pop, famous EPs, well-known record stores, milestone LP covers, a beginner’s guide to grading, and formats that have challenged the supremacy of the LP, including 8-track, reel-to-reel, and cassette.

Feel the groove with this effervescent ode to vinyl.
Format Hardcover Book 192 Pages
ISBN 9780760383315
Size9.25 in x 10.62 in / 234.95 mm x 269.88 mm
Published Date October 31st, 2023
Gillian G. Gaar

Gillian G. Gaar has written for numerous publications, including MojoRolling Stone, and Goldmine. Previous books include She’s a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & RollEntertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana; Return of the King: Elvis Presley’s Great ComebackElton John at 75; and Bruce Springsteen at 75. She lives in Seattle.

Martin Popoff

Working out of Toronto, Canada, Martin Popoff ( has penned more than 100 books on hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and record collecting, including Rush: The Illustrated History, Led Zeppelin: Song by Song, Pink Floyd: Album by Album, Bowie at 75, AC/DC at 50, Kiss at 50, and In the Groove. In addition, he has appeared in Revolver, Guitar WorldGoldmineRecord Collector,,, and Martin also worked on the award-winning documentaries Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas for Banger Films.

Richie Unterberger

Richie Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film, which won a 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in the “Best Discography” division of the “Best Research in Recorded Rock Music” category. His other books include Fleetwood Mac: The Ultimate Illustrated History and Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History. He is a frequent contributor to MOJO and Record Collector, and he teaches courses on rock music history at the College of Marin, the University of San Francisco, and City College of San Francisco.

Matt Anniss
Matt Anniss is an author, journalist, speaker, DJ, and content creator with over 20 years experience. Anniss rose to prominence following the publication of his critically acclaimed exploration of bleep techno and the foundations of the “UK bass” sound, Join The Future: Bleep Techno and the Birth of British Bass Music (2019). He is also the co-author of the best-selling The Vinyl Manual, and his work has appeared in International DJ Magazine (IDJ), DJ magazine, Mixmag, and elsewhere.
Ken Micallef
Ken Micallef is a New York-based freelance journalist, contributing to Stereophile Magazine,, and Downbeat. Ken spends his spare time buying/selling vacuum tubes and growing his already-massive collection of jazz records, with a focus on the recordings of Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Trini Lopez. When in New York, Ken can be found most weekends at the Jazz Record Center.
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