— THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE

THE CLASSIC ALBUM CLUB.


Image from thekingmob flickr page

An interesting little film from the BBC, profiling The Classic Album Club. Based in London, and run by Colleen Murphy, the club has a simple premise: A room, a record player, a group of people and an uninterrupted listen to a classic album of choice. (The film features Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars Ugh.).

So beyond the lame choie of album, (and the obvious chin stroking muso cliches a venture like this inspires) what’s interesting is the return to analogue. The record is heard all the way through, via a record player, and crucially, in the silence. This respect for the work, the quiet contemplation that the environment demands, and just the ability to listen all the way through, no skipping or flipping, is increasingly an relic. It’s not to say that it doesn’t happen, but environments like this you sense will play increasingly important roles in not only keeping classic works alive, but also in the lack of distractions. I can imagine someone tweeting, facebooking and texting through this would be shunned very quickly, and rightly so.

I’m still trying to find a web-link to find out when the next one is. (Do check out the long article here.) But, in the spirit of this club, maybe it’s just easier to set one up yourself. I’ve already got the first album in my head. Anybody with me?

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