"Who writes like this?"
Jack White and friends. They're quite obviously treating this release as more of an historicist art object than as a way of distributing new transfers of old 78s.
If it were only the latter, they could just put the audio and a PDF book on a USB drive, stick it in a manila envelope, and sell it for one hell of a lot less than this hand-made quarter-sawn oak box, etc.
And I bet they'd get a whole lot less interest and a whole lot fewer sales as a result.
Like much of the resurgence of vinyl sales, even if the audio content is fantastic, the predominant appeal is really to the collectors market. Wonder how many of the current vinyl new and re-issues ever get played even once--it's the object that people are buying for far more money than a digital disk or download?
Personally I think it looks gorgeous. And I'd love to have the music and documentation. But is it worth $400 or so (I don't think the price has yet been officially announced) to me? That's mighty steep for what's kind of a coffee-table book--or, given what it's made out of, an *actual* coffee table!
If someone wants to buy me a Hanukkah present, though, I'm happy to send my address. ;-)
On Oct 23, 2013, at 3:32 PM, Cary Ginell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Check out the description of the set, which has this flowery, almost Victorian prose Crafted as an object to keep and cherish for a lifetime, its form is designed to reveal evidence of the hand at work, to bring out the tactile richness of hand-sculpted woods and metals, and to meld the rough-hewn with the earliest burblings of American modernism in the 1920s.
> "Earliest burblings"?? Really? Who writes like this?
> Cary Ginell
>> Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:41:40 -0500
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>> I believe there will be a review in NYTimes this coming Sunday about it.
>> Matt Appleby
>> On 10/23/2013 8:00 AM, Steve Ramm wrote:
>>> onder if Will got through all 8
>> Matt Appleby
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