Friday, 9 February 2018

Don't Write, Make a Record

A quick plug for a special event!

Introduced in the 1930s, the the automatic record booth allowed anyone at the end of a pier, at a railway station or in a department store to step up to the mic and record. 

Thousands of one-of-a-kind discs were produced and many still survive today, from joyous birthday greetings and spoken love letters, to wannabe Bob Dylan's strumming behind the booth's sliding-door.

Oral historian Alan Dein plays examples of unique audio that he’s discovered in the nation’s archives and from his personal collection.

Please come along!


Part of a ‘Season of Sound’, celebrating the British Library’s sound archive