Sometime around 1990, I walked into the now-departed Tower Records on Sunset, circled the interior and then unnerved asked a clerk where the records as in Tower Records were. "We stopped selling 'em," he said. "Customers don't buy 'em only cassettes and CDs." Bullshit, I thought, me and most of my friends still bought vinyl. I suspected, and still do, that planned obsolescence by evil capitalists was at fault, and yet 20-plus years later, people blessed with that other obsolescence good taste still buy vinyl. In 2011, U.S. sales topped 3.6 million units, 37 percent more than the year before. Record collector Jeff Gold's new book, 101 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl From The Beatles to The Sex Pistols, is a lovely tribute to both that era and the format. Tonight, Gold hosts a multimedia presentation and panel discussion about the vinyl revival; he'll be joined by Elektra founder Jac Holzman, music-racket vet Jeff Ayeroff and historian of vinyl collecting Eilon Paz to discuss, in Gold's words, "the format that just won't die." Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., dwntwn.; Wed., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.; free, sold out. For waiting list, call (213) 765-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2013