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33⅓ book series celebrates records -- and its 10th anniversary
33⅓ book series celebrates records -- and its 10th anniversary

Sales of vinyl records began plummeting in the last decades of the 20th century, and by 2004, they were virtually considered a dead medium. That's the year David Barker began to publish a series of miniature books under the name 33 1/3. A Brit with a doctorate working for an academic press, Barker named his project after the speed of an LP and created a model for a writer to extract meaning from a single album per book by any means necessary — reporting, criticism, fiction, memoir. Vinyl's looming obsolescence made it the perfect fetish object as the last generation of record collectors — roughly those who came of age during the punk and post-punk years of the...

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