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The LP is living – it is back to life and developing – with other words: LONGPLAY

Today it is nearly a truism, that the CD with it’s best period within the 80s and 90s comes closer to an end. And it seams like a small media miracle, that the good old LP came back to life. What was the reason?

It started with the club scene and with DJs; they helped the LP to develop a new curiosity. In its best times the long play recording stood for the ambitious aim to communicate music and all its artistic facets with pictures, paintings and words in an attractive way. The LP itself became in its best examples an art object in itself. For example - and this as an icon for a whole period - Andy Warhol’s yellow banana on the LP “Velvet Underground” or the functioning zipper on the million fold sold LP of the Rolling Stones. Another example: the Blue Note LP - design of Reid Miles, which stood and still stands as best example of LP art of all times. Jazz music itself came into a second glorious time with the help of designers, photographers and artists like Lee Friedlander, Gil Melle, William Claxton, David Stone Martin, Charles Stewart and in Germany with the unforgettable Günther Kieser.

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